Testing Virginity in Achilles Tatius and Heliodorus

Title:
Testing Virginity in Achilles Tatius and Heliodorus
Authors:
Ormand, Kirk
Abstract:
In the Greek Romances by Achilles Tatius (Leucippe and Clitophon) and Heliodorus (An Ethiopian Tale), the virginity of the central heroine is not only central, but curiously problematized. In this article I explore the ways that these two novelists construct the plot of Romance around the tension between the heroine's physical integrity, and the reader's desire to know about her sexual experience. Both authors display considerable cunning in maintaining this tension, ultimately defining virginity as a state which can never be fully known, except in the moment of its loss.
Citation:
Ormand, Kirk. 2010. "Testing Virginity in Achilles Tatius and Heliodorus." Ramus 39: 160-197.
Publisher:
Aureal Publications
DATE ISSUED:
2010
Department:
Classics
Type:
article
PERMANENT LINK:
http://hdl.handle.net/11282/309893

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dc.contributor.authorOrmand, Kirken_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-12-23T16:20:34Z-
dc.date.available2013-12-23T16:20:34Z-
dc.date.issued2010en
dc.identifier.citationOrmand, Kirk. 2010. "Testing Virginity in Achilles Tatius and Heliodorus." Ramus 39: 160-197.en_US
dc.identifier.issn0048-671Xen_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11282/309893-
dc.description.abstractIn the Greek Romances by Achilles Tatius (Leucippe and Clitophon) and Heliodorus (An Ethiopian Tale), the virginity of the central heroine is not only central, but curiously problematized. In this article I explore the ways that these two novelists construct the plot of Romance around the tension between the heroine's physical integrity, and the reader's desire to know about her sexual experience. Both authors display considerable cunning in maintaining this tension, ultimately defining virginity as a state which can never be fully known, except in the moment of its loss.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherAureal Publicationsen_US
dc.subject.departmentClassicsen_US
dc.titleTesting Virginity in Achilles Tatius and Heliodorusen_US
dc.typearticleen_US
dc.identifier.journalRamus: Critical Studies in Greek and Roman Literatureen_US
dc.subject.keywordGreek Romancesen_US
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