The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic Helen Lovatt

ISBN: 9781107273160

Published: July 12th 2013

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432 pages


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The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic  by  Helen Lovatt

The Epic Gaze: Vision, Gender and Narrative in Ancient Epic by Helen Lovatt
July 12th 2013 | ebook | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 432 pages | ISBN: 9781107273160 | 4.21 Mb

The epic genre has at its heart fascination and horror at viewing death. Epic heroes have active visual power, yet become objects, turned into monuments, watched by two main audiences: the gods above and the women on the sidelines. This stimulatingMoreThe epic genre has at its heart fascination and horror at viewing death. Epic heroes have active visual power, yet become objects, turned into monuments, watched by two main audiences: the gods above and the women on the sidelines.

This stimulating and ambitious study investigates the theme of vision in Greek and Latin epic from Homer to Nonnus, bringing the edges of epic into dialogue with the most celebrated moments (the visual confrontation of Hector and Achilles, the failure of Turnus gaze), revealing epic as both massive assertion of authority and fractured representation.

It demonstrates the complexity of epic constructions of gender: from Apollonius Medea toppling Talos with only her eyes to Parthenopaeus as object of desire. On display are the vertical gaze of the gods, mortal responses, prophets as penetrative viewers and rape victims, ecphrasis as objectification, women on the walls gazing sidelong, heroic bodies fragmented and fetishized.



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