Womanly Wailing? The mother of Euryalus and gendered reading

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Feminist reading of the classics requires a difficult negotiation between the struggle tobe heard and the struggle to avoid appropriation. The aim of this paper is to explore somefew words of Virgil, especially those reacting to the mother of Euryalus’ reaction to herson’s death, and those of his readers through the ages, as a paradigm case of a wide theoreticaland philosophical issue in feminist literary criticism. The fundamental question askedin this paper is whether feminist readers of the classics should concentrate on listening todifferentiated female voices or on arguing for some form of what we might metaphoricallycall “equal rights” among the protagonists of ancient literature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-77
Number of pages23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2011


  • Virgil – Aeneid – lamentation – Euryalus – mothers – women – loss


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