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Complex Inferiorities: The Poetics of the Weaker Voice in Latin Literature

Sebastian Matzner and Stephen Harrison


This volume investigates an important and widespread strategy in Latin literature which has to date received little sustained discussion: the deliberate assumption of a weaker voice by speakers who in fact hold sufficient status not to be forced into this position. Itself widely associated with the markers of imperial hegemony and elite speech, Latin literature comprises a broad range of phenomena that involve the strategic adoption of a markedly disempowered voice: topoi such as recusatio (professing a lack of ability to write in status-conforming, superior genres) and rhetorical devices such ... More

Keywords: Latin literature, inferiority, subaltern, marginalization, hierarchy, genre, intersectionality, weakness, voice, intersectionality, subversion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198814061
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198814061.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sebastian Matzner, editor
Lecturer in Comparative Literature, King's College London

Stephen Harrison, editor
Professor of Latin Literature, University of Oxford; Fellow and Tutor in Classics, Corpus Christi College, Oxford