Reading Thetis in Tirso de Molina’s El Aquiles

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Abad Del Vecchio examines Thetis’ reception in Tirso de Molina’s1El Aquiles, focusing in particular on the agency of the goddess in the play. Abad Del Vecchio’s chapter reveals Tirso’s fleshed-out vision of Thetis, as well as the playwright’s close, intertextual reading of Achilles’ mother as she appears in the Achilleid of Statius. Thetis in El Aquiles has more agency and plays a more cru-cial role than previous scholarship has acknowledged. At the same time, the dialogue enacted also discloses some of Tirso’s predilected scenes of the Achil-leid which feature Thetis.In keeping with the tradition of Chiron as the foster-father of Achilles, Tirso’s play is also seen to engage in the ‘denial of mother-hood’ trope that we see elsewhere in the Thetidian tradition. Abad Del Vecchio maintains that El Aquiles creates a humanized figure of Thetis, and overall demonstrates Thetis’ everlasting appeal in the Spanish Baroque tradition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Staying Power of Thetis
Subtitle of host publicationAllusion, Interaction, and Reception from Homer to the 21st Century
EditorsD. Wright, G. Vos, M. Paprocki
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherde Gruyter, Walter GmbH & Co
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9783110678437
ISBN (Print)9783110678352
Publication statusPublished - 27 Apr 2023

Publication series

NameTrends in Classics - Supplementary Volumes
PublisherDe Gruyter
ISSN (Print)1868-4785


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