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The Fractured Voice

Silence and Power in Imperial Roman Literature

Amy A. Koenig

The Fractured Voice
The Fractured Voice

The Fractured Voice

Silence and Power in Imperial Roman Literature

Amy A. Koenig

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Description

Confronts the trope of muteness in Imperial Roman literature, arguing that this understanding of silence is incomplete. Amy Koenig shows that the Roman perception of silence was more complicated than a simple binary and that authors used voiceless characters to interrogate the concept of voicelessness in ways that would be taboo in other contexts.

“Pulling together a dizzying array of materials and concepts from disparate fields, The Fractured Voice is a transformative study of speech in the ancient world. Impressive scholarship supports an adroit, wholly original, and convincing argument that avoids the previous, reductive approaches to the motif of speech loss in Roman literature.”—Bartolo Natoli, author of Silenced Voices: The Poetics of Speech in Ovid

“Koenig brings a fresh perspective to the understanding of silence in the culture of the Roman empire, showing that loss of voice can unlock new possibilities of expression that allow the mute person to signify facts and feelings otherwise difficult or dangerous to communicate. Those interested in Roman literature, cultural history, and disability studies stand to learn a great deal from this book.”—Silvia Montiglio, author of Silence in the Land of Logos

Amy A. Koenig is an assistant professor of classics at Hamilton College.

Specifications

  • Publisher
    University of Wisconsin Press
  • Pub date
    Jan 2024
  • Pages
    228
  • Theme
    Literary studies: ancient, classical and medieval
  • Dimensions
    229 x 152 mm
  • Weight
    272 gram
  • EAN
    9780299345303
  • Hardback / bound
    Hardback / bound
  • Language
    English

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