Abstract

Abstract:

This paper seeks to account for the anomalous qualities of the Hesiodic Shield of Heracles, and particularly of the shield-description within the poem. Drawing on Khapaeva's analysis of the nightmare in literature, I argue that the shield-description develops a nightmarish aesthetics: with its horrific themes, intense visuality, and broken structures, the description imitates a nightmare. Moreover, it encourages listeners to immerse themselves in the nightmarish world that it creates.

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Additional Information

ISSN
2328-5265
Print ISSN
0363-1923
Pages
pp. 1-19
Launched on MUSE
2017-08-30
Open Access
No
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