• Springs as a Civilizing Mechanism in Daphnis and Chloe

    Author(s):
    Janelle Peters (see profile)
    Date:
    2017
    Group(s):
    Ancient Greece & Rome, Religious Studies
    Subject(s):
    Literature, Ancient, Fiction
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Tag(s):
    Classics, Ancient novel, Gender
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6VV75
    Abstract:
    Abstract: In Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, springs are a central motif of the Prologue and the novel as a whole. This motif counters male domination, since it is associated with Chloe, while the flowers watered by springs in this novel are identified with Daphnis. This study will examine how the motif of springs reflects the resistance of Daphnis and Chloe to pervasive cultural constructions of gender, creating individuals who participate in the larger society without reproducing its structures.Abstract: In Longus’ Daphnis and Chloe, springs are a central motif of the Prologue and the novel as a whole. This motif counters male domination, since it is associated with Chloe, while the flowers watered by springs in this novel are identified with Daphnis. This study will examine how the motif of springs reflects the resistance of Daphnis and Chloe to pervasive cultural constructions of gender, creating individuals who participate in the larger society without reproducing its structures.
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