Feminine Endings: Dido's Telephonic Body and the Originary Function of the Hymen

I Willis

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Abstract

Read via a range of contemporary theorists, including Gayatri Spivak, Luce Irigaray, and Jacques Derrida, Dido's suicide in the fourth book of Vergil's Aeneid can be seen as an intervention into figures of national territory. Rather than using the stabbed female body to figure national territory as an organically unified whole, as Livy does, Vergil uses Dido's suicide and dying curse to configure a telephonic national territory, produced and reproduced linguistically (and therefore teletechnologically) across time and space.
Translated title of the contributionFeminine Endings: Dido's Telephonic Body and the Originary Function of the Hymen
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Origins of Deconstruction
EditorsMartin McQuillan, Ika Willis
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Pages67 - 82
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9780230581906
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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