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Sibylline Sisters: Virgil's Presence in Contemporary Women's Writing

Fiona Cox


The history of Virgil and his receptions is long and varied. His 20th-century career transformed his appearance as an anaemic imitator of Homer into the ‘Father of the West’, speaking above all for the marginalized and exiled. At the turn of the millennium it is women writers who, having been largely absent from the story of Virgil's reception, are for the first time shaping a new aetas Vergiliana by drawing on his poems to speak of their own preoccupations and concerns. Through an analysis of Virgil's presence in the work of contemporary women writers from North America (Joyce Carol Oates, Ja ... More

Keywords: Virgil, women writers, poems, female writers, cultural heritage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199582969
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582969.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Fiona Cox, author
Lecturer in French at the University of Exeter