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In Bed with Virgil: Ausonius' Wedding Cento and its Reception
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature.
2016 (English)In: Greece and Rome, ISSN 0017-3835, E-ISSN 1477-4550, Vol. 63, no 2, 237-250 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Judging from its history of effect, the Wedding Cento produced by the fourth-century poet Ausonius is in fact not a poem about a wedding at all. It is a work about the ethics of textual recycling; about the impact of political power and patronage on literary production; about smut, or rather about where the responsibility lies when a reader sees smut when none was intended. It is also a poem about sexual violence, but this aspect of the text has been largely missing in its scholarly reception. Such an absence is perhaps to be expected. Sexual assault is a notoriously under-reported offence, and its invisibility tends to extend into the realm of artistic representation and its scholarly treatment. During the last couple of decades, for instance, film scholars have addressed the need to re-read cinematic portrayals of rape in order to unearth it from ‘metaphor and euphemism, naturalized plot device and logical consequence…restoring rape to the literal, to the body: restoring that is, the violence – the physical, sexual violation’. This issue must be addressed here, but first a few words about the Cento and the most prominent trends in its reception.

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Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Vol. 63, no 2, 237-250 p.
Keyword [en]
Ausonius, Virgil, Cento
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General Literature Studies
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Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-303759DOI: 10.1017/S0017383516000115ISI: 000389704600007OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-303759DiVA: diva2:973882
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The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (KVHAA)
Available from: 2016-09-23 Created: 2016-09-23 Last updated: 2017-11-21Bibliographically approved

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