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Monsters and Monstrosity in Augustan Poetry


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Dunstan Lowe is Lecturer in Latin Literature at the University of Kent, UK.


"Lowe has provided wide ranging case studies that demonstrate monsters can be deployed by poets both positively, in the case of poetic innovation, and negatively, in the case of portraying female characters in a misogynistic manner as well as poetic decadence."
--Christina Franzen, Bryn Mawr Classical Review
-- (11/13/2015)
"A well-organized, clearly written critical survey of the monsters, derived mythology, that figure in the poetry of Augustan Rome and of their political and social significance. Lowe's exploration of the allure or terror that Augustan poets lend female monsters and the "hypermasculinity" of male monsters will interest students of gender...Recommended."
--Choice Reviews-- (01/27/2016)
"Monsters is particularly valuable for its contributions to the study of gender and monstrosity, a paradigm of analysis that surfaces in several chapters, and is a notable addition to scholarship on metapoetics and sublimity."
-- (02/12/2016)
"Lowe's analysis of Augustan mythical monsters and the poets who reinvent them is a valuable contribution to the field of monster studies and classics; as a metapoetic reading of monstrosity in classical literature it offers a valuable new interpretation of monsters in the construction of Roman identity."
--Phoenix Book Reviews-- (07/22/2016)
"An impressive and original study which will undoubtedly be a valuable resource for the burgeoning research on monsters and deformity in the ancient world."
--Journal of Roman Studies-- (02/21/2018)

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