In fact, as West declares, "The reading of Penthesilia
,'" Berrian's "masterpiece," "was of more value than any amount of explanation would have been in giving me something like a general impression of the social aspect of the twentieth century." (100) The facts and figures conveyed by Dr.
(38.) "eine [...] Stimme 'vor' der Artikulation." For Schuller, however, the voice is still tied to appearance ("Erscheinung"; "Penthesilia
Women of high moral principles who have no interest in sex are another matter, as Boccaccio stresses in the concluding paragraph of the Amazon Penthesilia:
Through practice, Penthesilia and women like her became much more manly in arms than those born male who have been changed into women--or helmeted hares--by idleness and love of pleasure.
Approximately three-quarters of the Zainer biographies are accompanied by a printed image, and the three Amazons illustrated in this edition are Marpesia, Lampedo, and Penthesilia. (29) Each of these women, like Orithya and Antiope, was an early Amazon queen.
Penthesilia "scorned her great beauty and overcame the softness of her woman's body ...
Once again, the De mulieribus claris woodcut that seeks to distill the significance of Penthesilia's biography includes nothing that suggests weakness (Fig.
In comparing the De mulieribus claris woodcut of Penthesilia with a cassone painting depicting Petrarch's Triumph of Fame it once again becomes apparent that Amazonian imagery was tailored to its anticipated audience (Fig.
While he was in prison, accused of being a spy, his adaptation of Moliere's Amphitryon (published in 1807) attracted attention, and in 1808 he published Penthesilia
, a tragic drama about the passionate love of the queen of the Amazons for Achilles.
The novel which Edith gives West to read, "Penthesilia" by Berrian, "the great romancer of the twentieth century" (204), stands out for the negativity of its presentation:
The reading of "Penthesilia" was of more value than almost any amount of explanation would have been in giving me something like a general impression of the social aspect of the twentieth century.
According to Doctor Leete, "Penthesilia"'s account of a love without barriers is not the pipe-dream of an idealist, but instead an accurate picture of relations between the senses in the reformed world: "`The change you will observe [...] will chiefly be, I think, the entire frankness and unconstraint which now characterizes those relations, as compared with the artificiality which seems to have marked them in your time'" (268).