|(1) We can speak and write about antiquity for other feminists and people outside the academy. We can remake our disciplines ( Hallett 1985). We can move outside of Classics, and we can open up the boundaries of Classics itself; that's what this book is trying for.|
|(2) We can blow up the canon. Canons are part of social systems. We recognize the one we have as dysfunctional. It must and will change; we can surely critique the pleasure of the text without fear of breaking anything irreplaceable.|
|(3) We can claim our lack. We can ask, where am I in this text? What can it do for me? What did it do to its audience?|
|(4) We can appropriate; we can resist. The old stories await our retelling; they haunt our language anyway. And if the only names we have to speak in are names of blood, maybe we can speak the blood off them. History is what groups write as they come to power.|
Thanks to Marilyn Skinner and Susan Kapost for the bibliography that got me started; Terri Marsh for much help along the way; groups at Carleton University, UC Santa Cruz, Hamilton College, and Amherst College for critical listening; and the Lehigh Valley Feminist Research Group for jumping in. To the readers of the manuscript--Sandra Joshel, Molly Myerowitz, and Robert Sutton--I am more indebted than I can say.
Pro comite stuprata trucidat: postremo munere mortis.