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Women & WeaselsMythologies of Birth in Ancient Greece and Rome$
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Maurizio Bettini and Emlyn Eisenach

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226044743

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226039961.001.0001

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The Forest of Symbols Is Full of Animals

The Forest of Symbols Is Full of Animals

(p.137) [10] The Forest of Symbols Is Full of Animals
Women & Weasels

Maurizio Bettini

University of Chicago Press

This chapter argues that an animal resides within a complex and active world made up of overlapping discourses or of interrelated stories. It would be futile to look for the perfect point of intersection of all the stories involving a given animal. However, there are points of intersection in which an animal's identity in one story emerges as a factor in another story. This, in fact, is what has been shown for the weasel, illustrating the points of intersection between her role in the story of Alcmene's labor and other stories in which the weasel slips in and out of narrow spaces, or when the weasel herself gives birth through the mouth.

Keywords:   animal world, stories, discourse, weasel, Alcmene

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