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Relations between the sexes was a pervasive concern of ancient Greek thought and literature, extending from considerations of masculine and feminine roles in domestic and political spheres to the organization of the cosmos in a pantheon of gods and goddesses. In Playing the Other Froma Zeitlin explores the diversity and complexity of these interactions through the most influential literary texts of the archaic and classical periods ranging from epic (Homer) and didactic poetry (Hesiod) to the theatrical productions of tragedy and comedy in fifth-century Athens.

Zeitlin demonstrates the indispensable workings of gender as a major factor in Greek social, religious, and cultural practices and in more abstract ideas about nature and culture, public and private, citizen and outsider, self and other, and mortal and immortal. Focusing on the prominence of female figures in these male authored texts, she enlarges our perspective on critical components of political order and civic identity by including issues of sexuality, the body, modes of male and female maturation, and speculations about parentage, kinship, and reproductive strategies. Along with considerations of genre, poetics, and theatrical mimesis, she points to the powerful mythmaking capacities of Greek culture for creating memorable paradigms and dramatic scenarios that far exceed simple notions of male and female opposition and predictable enforcement of social norms. Consisting of both new and revised essays, Playing the Other is a wide-ranging account of a central category of Greek literature by a scholar who pioneered an approach to classics through the perspective of gender.

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"Zeitlin is unquestionably the most brilliant literary classicist of her generation. These eloquent essays, full of subtle readings and astute insights, present an extraordinarily rich and complex portrait of ancient Greek society. This book is an invaluable contribution to classical studies, to feminist literary studies, and to comparative work on myth and ritual". — Page duBois, University of California, San Diego

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 417-441) and indexes.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Catharine R. Stimpson

Acknowledgments

Note on Transliteration and Translation

Abbreviations

Introduction

Pt. 1: Gender and Paradigm: The Privileged Models

1: Figuring Fidelity in Homer's Odyssey

2: Signifying Difference: The Case of Hesiod's Pandora

3: The Dynamics of Misogyny: Myth and Mythmaking in Aeschylus's Oresteia

Pt. 2: Gender and the Body: The Woman's Story

4: The Politics of Eros in the Danaid Trilogy of Aeschylus

5: The Body's Revenge: Dionysos and Tragic Action in Euripides' Hekabe

Pt. 3: Gender and Selfhood: The Boy's Story

6: The Power of Aphrodite: Eros and the Boundaries of the Self in

Euripides' Hippolytos

7: Mysteries of Identity and Designs of the Self in Euripides' Ion

Pt. 4: Gender and Mimesis: Theater and Identity

8: Playing the Other: Theater, Theatricality, and the Feminine in Greek

Drama

9: Travesties of Gender and Genre in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazousae

Bibliography

Index of Key Passages

General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226979229
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword by:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Foreword:
Stimpson, Catharine R.
Author:
Zeitlin, Froma I.
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Literature and society
Subject:
Women in literature
Subject:
Greek literature
Subject:
Women and literature
Subject:
Gender identity in literature
Subject:
Women and literature -- Greece.
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Women in Culture and Society Series
Series Volume:
103-646
Publication Date:
19951131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
484
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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