oa Scholia : Studies in Classical Antiquity - From tomb to womb : Tibullus 1.1 and the discourse of masculinity in post-civil war Rome

Volume 20, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9017



Tibullus 1.1 not only promotes and simultaneously defies elite definitions of but also forges a new ideological space where masculine and feminine attitudes blend into an androgynous, "queer," poetic voice. The construction of masculinity as a site of contradiction and contestation can be in psychoanalytical terms an attempt by the poetic subject to alleviate the psychic pain caused by the traumatic realization that holes exist in the Symbolic Order.

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