Petronius | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Niall W. Slater

This literature criticism consists of approximately 21 pages of analysis & critique of Petronius.
This section contains 6,224 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Niall W. Slater

Critical Essay by Niall W. Slater

SOURCE: "Character Voices," in Reading Petronius, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1990, pp. 137-54.

In the following essay, Slater contends that it is the content and occasion of language more than its form that results in the sense of individual characterizations in the Satyricon.

Our initial linear experience (in the previous chapters) of Petronius's novel is over. This experience itself has been a fiction: I who write and, most likely, you who read are not first-time readers of the Satyricon. We began by attempting to forget our previous experiences of reading Petronius and strove to construct a new "first reading." While our construct will not correspond in every particular to everyone's or anyone's first reading of the Satyricon, this is a useful exercise nonetheless, for it helps us to remember and revitalize...

(read more)

This section contains 6,224 words
(approx. 21 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Niall W. Slater
Follow Us on Facebook