Beauty, Dress, and Identity

Silvia Montiglio

in Love and Providence

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916047
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980239 | DOI:
Beauty, Dress, and Identity

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This chapter deals with recognitions in the two second-century novels Leucippe and Clitophon and Daphnis and Chloe. Leucippe and Clitophon treats the motif of recognition iconoclastically, in line with the general playfulness of a narrative that does not naïvely espouse novelistic idealizations. Thus, the male lover fails to recognize his beloved even when she stands in front of him and speaks at length, and this because she is not properly dressed! Daphnis and Chloe shares this emphasis on dress and propriety as a precondition for the heroine’s identification, this time by her family, which turns out to be wealthy and urban, as are all families of novelistic heroes and heroines. This novel is, however, original in producing recognition at the end not of a journey but of a process of erotic discovery, with which the process of recognition is intertwined all along the narrative.

Keywords: Achilles Tatius; Longus; recognition

Chapter.  20679 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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