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Animal imagery in statius' Thebaid: a common place for man and woman

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This article means to give the reoccurrence of animal imagery in Statius’ Thebaid a satisfying, literary interpretation. Instead of denouncing the poet’s imitation of epic predecessors, we try to uncover his own distinctive voice. It is our argument that in the Thebaid the presence of animal imagery is connected to the transgression of gender-specific qualities or expectations. For men this means the corruption of male virtus, and for women the denunciation of their motherly role and a rebellious infringement of the text. Ultimately, the destabilization of gender boundaries through animal imagery can establish a convergence of the male and female realm, causing the animal imagery to become quite literally a “common place” for man and woman.
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Gender, Statius, Thebaid, Animal, Metaphor

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De Gussem, Jeroen. “Animal Imagery in Statius’ Thebaid: a Common Place for Man and Woman.” QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA 113.2 (2016): 159–177. Print.
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De Gussem, J. (2016). Animal imagery in statius’ Thebaid: a common place for man and woman. QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA, 113(2), 159–177.
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De Gussem, Jeroen. 2016. “Animal Imagery in Statius’ Thebaid: a Common Place for Man and Woman.” Quaderni Urbinati Di Cultura Classica 113 (2): 159–177.
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De Gussem, Jeroen. 2016. “Animal Imagery in Statius’ Thebaid: a Common Place for Man and Woman.” Quaderni Urbinati Di Cultura Classica 113 (2): 159–177.
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De Gussem J. Animal imagery in statius’ Thebaid: a common place for man and woman. QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA. Italy: Fabrizio Serra editore; 2016;113(2):159–77.
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J. De Gussem, “Animal imagery in statius’ Thebaid: a common place for man and woman,” QUADERNI URBINATI DI CULTURA CLASSICA, vol. 113, no. 2, pp. 159–177, 2016.
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  language     = {{eng}},
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  title        = {{Animal imagery in statius' Thebaid: a common place for man and woman}},
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