For this purpose, I will draw together some of the disparate threads of recent criticism on the poem--its self-conscious secondariness
to Homer and Virgil, its intertextual and generic complexity, its Ovidian influence and its ambiguous representation of gender--to show how the Achilleid stages a transformation of both the epic tradition and epic masculinity.
On the basis of this insight, the earlier claim regarding the secondariness
of ethics can be further developed.
In defining and defending the literary arts and their study, ACUTE/ACCUTE's endeavours on our collective behalf have also worked to fight those feelings of beleaguered secondariness
that literature scholars and teachers have sometimes been made to experience.
What is wrong in modern versions of such situations is its secondariness
and its passivity.
10) And yet translation itself is so aggrandized in the ensuing epistle to the reader, as we have seen, that its supposed secondariness
inverts: the "reputed femalls" turn out only a few pages later to be primary, an indispensable cosmopolitan medium, irreducible to the collective human accumulation of knowledge.
The opening scene of The Barracks, where Willie, Una, and Sheila play their allotted parts in the ritual of nightfall in the presence of their silently suffering stepmother, Elizabeth, introduces us to a world where children have a deeply ingrained understanding of their secondariness
However both of them would probably not be able to describe it as "beautifully" as Said says Proust does in the first and last volumes of his novel where secondariness
and borrowed authority are symbolized so eloquently in a "language of temporal duration" (Ibid.