Silenced Voices

The Poetics of Speech in Ovid

Author: Bartolo Natoli

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299312100

Category: History

Page: 227

View: 3893

Examines speech loss across all of Ovid's writings and the ways that motif is explored, developed, and modified in the poet's work after his exile from Rome.

Female Mobility and Gendered Space in Ancient Greek Myth

Author: Ariadne Konstantinou

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1474256775

Category: History

Page: 208

View: 2496

Women's mobility is central to understanding cultural constructions of gender. Regarding ancient cultures, including ancient Greece, a re-evaluation of women's mobility within the household and beyond it is currently taking place. This invites an informed analysis of female mobility in Greek myth, under the premise that myth may open a venue to social ideology and the imaginary. Female Mobility and Gendered Space in Ancient Greek Myth offers the first comprehensive analysis of this topic. It presents close readings of ancient texts, engaging with feminist thought and the 'mobility turn'. A variety of Olympian goddesses and mortal heroines are explored, and the analysis of their myths follows specific chronological considerations. Female mobility is presented in quite diverse ways in myth, reflecting cultural flexibility in imagining mobile goddesses and heroines. At the same time, the out-of-doors spaces that mortal heroines inhabit seem to lack a public or civic quality, with the heroines being contained behind 'glass walls'. In this respect, myth seems to reproduce the cultural limitations of ancient Greek social ideology on mobility, inviting us to reflect not only on the limits of mythic imagination but also on the timelessness of Greek myth.

The Public Voice of Women

A London Review of Books Winter Lecture

Author: Mary Beard

Publisher: epubli

ISBN: 3737543720

Category: History

Page: N.A

View: 9925

I want to start very near the beginning of the tradition of Western literature, and its first recorded example of a man telling a woman to ‘shut up’; telling her that her voice was not to be heard in public. I’m thinking of a moment immortalised at the start of the Odyssey. We tend now to think of the Odyssey as the story of Odysseus and the adventures and scrapes he had returning home after the Trojan War – while for decades Penelope loyally waited for him, fending off the suitors who were pressing for her hand. But the Odyssey is just as much the story of Telemachus, the son of Odysseus and Penelope; the story of his growing up; how over the course of the poem he matures from boy to man. The process starts in the first book with Penelope coming down from her private quarters into the great hall, to find a bard performing to throngs of her suitors; he’s singing about the difficulties the Greek heroes are having in reaching home. She isn’t amused, and in front of everyone she asks him to choose another, happier number. At which point young Telemachus intervenes: ‘Mother,’ he says, ‘go back up into your quarters, and take up your own work, the loom and the distaff ... speech will be the business of men, all men, and of me most of all; for mine is the power in this household.’ And off she goes, back upstairs.​ Mary Beard reflects on the way women are heard – and have been heard – in public, from Homer’s Odyssey through Margaret Thatcher to internet trolls.

Ovid's Lovers

Desire, Difference and the Poetic Imagination

Author: Victoria Rimell

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521862191

Category: History

Page: 235

View: 8963

Compelling investigation of the question of the male/female relationship, which is central to Ovid's works.

Slavery and Social Death

Author: Orlando Patterson

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674744144

Category: Social Science

Page: 527

View: 4620

This is the first full-scale comparative study of the nature of slavery. In a work of prodigious scholarship and enormous breadth, which draws on the tribal, ancient, premodern, and modern worlds, Orlando Patterson discusses the internal dynamics of slavery in sixty-six societies over time. These include Greece and Rome, medieval Europe, China, Korea, the Islamic kingdoms, Africa, the Caribbean islands, and the American South. Slavery is shown to he a parasitic relationship between master and slave, invariably entailing the violent domination of a natally alienated, or socially dead, person. The phenomenon of slavery as an institution, the author argues. is a single process of recruitment, incorporation on the margin of society, and eventual manumission or death.

Women in the Ancient World

The Arethusa Papers

Author: John Peradotto,John Patrick Sullivan

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9780873957724

Category: Civilisation gréco-romaine

Page: 377

View: 8603

One of the reasons for the study of the Greek and Roman classics is their perpetual relevance. In no area can this position be more clearly defended than in the investigation of the feminine condition, for it was here that basic attitudes derogatory to the sex were molded by legal and social systems, by philosophers and poets, and by the thinking of men long since gone. Women in the Ancient World brings together essays that examine philosophy, social history, literature, and art, and that extend from the early Greek period through the Roman Empire. Their wide range of critical perspectives throws new light on the personal, political, socio-economic, and cultural position of women.

Talk About Books

A Study of Reading Groups

Author: David Peplow

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472570243

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 224

View: 1405

Over the last two decades, reading groups have become increasingly popular in the UK and the USA. More and more people seem to be interested in sharing their reading experiences and hearing other readers discuss their views on books, whether this is online, through the mass media, or in face-to-face contexts. In light of this explosion in popularity of reading groups, this ethnographic study focuses on several reading groups based across a variety of settings: public libraries, public houses and in readers' homes. A range of methods are used to investigate the practices of the individual readers and the groups, including participant observation, interviews, and audio-recordings of meetings. Reading groups are found to be highly ritualized and potentially competitive places in which matters of identity and taste are often at stake. The groups studied are conceptualized as communities of practice, and the literary interpretations and evaluations offered within each group are shown to be a product of shared norms established by this group.

Repeat Performances

Ovidian Repetition and the Metamorphoses

Author: Laurel Fulkerson,Tim Stover

Publisher: University of Wisconsin Pres

ISBN: 0299307506

Category: History

Page: 328

View: 5007

"The papers in this volume, many of which were delivered at a two-day Langford Conference held at the Florida State University in February of 2013 ... " -- Preface.

Suppliant Women

Author: Euripides,Rosanna Warren,Stephen Scully

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195045536

Category: Law

Page: 82

View: 8538

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, The Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the editorship of Herbert Golder and the late William Arrowsmith, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the plays. Already tested in performance on the stage, this translation shows for the first time in English the striking interplay of voices in Euripides' Suppliant Women. Torn between the mothers' lament over the dead and proud civic eulogy, between calls for a just war and grief for the fallen, the play captures with unremitting force the competing poles of the human psyche. The translators, Rosanna Warren and Stephen Scully, accentuate the contrast between female lament and male reasoned discourse in this play where the silent dead hold, finally, center stage.

Pandora's Senses

The Feminine Character of the Ancient Text

Author: Vered Lev Kenaan

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 9780299224134

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 272

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The notorious image of Pandora haunts mythology: a woman created as punishment for the crimes of man, she is the bearer of hope yet also responsible for the Earth’s desolation. She binds together perpetuating dichotomies that underlie the most fundamental aspects of the Western canon: beauty and evil, body and soul, depth and superficiality, truth and lie. Speaking in multiplicity, Pandora emerges as the first sign of female complexity. In this compelling study, Vered Lev Kenaan offers a radical revision of the Greek myth of the first woman. She argues that Pandora leaves a decisive mark on ancient poetics and shows that we can unravel the profound impact of Pandora’s image once we recognize that Pandora embodies the very idea of the ancient literary text. Locating the myth of the first woman right at the heart of feminist interrogation of gender and textuality, Pandora’s Senses moves beyond a feminist critique of masculine hegemony by challenging the reading of Pandora as a one-dimensional embodiment of the misogynist vision of the feminine. Uncovering Pandora as a textual principle operating outside of the feminine, Lev Kenaan shows the centrality of this iconic figure among the poetics of such central genres as the cosmological and didactic epic, the Platonic dialogue, the love elegy, and the ancient novel. Pandora’s Senses innovates our understanding of gender as a critical lens through which to view ancient literature.

The Rhetoric of the Body from Ovid to Shakespeare

Author: Lynn Enterline

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781139425742

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: N.A

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This persuasive book analyses the complex, often violent connections between body and voice in Ovid's Metamorphoses and narrative, lyric and dramatic works by Petrarch, Marston and Shakespeare. Lynn Enterline describes the foundational yet often disruptive force that Ovidian rhetoric exerts on early modern poetry, particularly on representations of the self, the body and erotic life. Paying close attention to the trope of the female voice in the Metamorphoses, as well as early modern attempts at transgendered ventriloquism that are indebted to Ovid's work, she argues that Ovid's rhetoric of the body profoundly challenges Renaissance representations of authorship as well as conceptions about the difference between male and female experience. This vividly original book makes a vital contribution to the study of Ovid's presence in Renaissance literature.

Anatomizing Civil War

Studies in Lucan's Epic Technique

Author: Martin Dinter

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472028715

Category: History

Page: 186

View: 9212

Imperial Latin epic has seen a renaissance of scholarly interest. This book illuminates the work of the poet Lucan, a contemporary of the emperor Nero who as nephew of the imperial adviser Seneca moved in the upper echelons of Neronian society. This young and maverick poet, whom Nero commanded to commit suicide at the age of 26, left an epic poem on the civil war between Caesar and Pompey that epitomizes the exuberance and stylistic experimentation of Neronian culture. This study focuses on Lucan's epic technique and traces his influence through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Martin T. Dinter's newest volume engages with Lucan's use of body imagery, sententiae, Fama (rumor), and open-endedness throughout his civil war epic. Although Lucan's Bellum Civile is frequently decried as a fragmented as well as fragmentary epic, this study demonstrates how Lucan uses devices other than teleology and cohesive narrative structure to bind together the many parts of his epic body. Anatomizing Civil War places at center stage characteristics of Lucan's work that have so far been interpreted as excessive, or as symptoms of an overly rhetorical culture indicating a lack of substance. By demonstrating that they all contribute to Lucan's poetic technique, Martin T. Dinter shows how they play a fundamental role in shaping and connecting the many episodes of the Bellum Civile that constitute Lucan's epic body. This important volume will be of interest to students of classics and comparative literature as well as literary scholars. All Greek and Latin passages have been translated.

La Prison Amoureuse

Author: Jean Froissart,Laurence De Looze

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780815303299

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 261

View: 3326

First published in 1994. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Displaced Persons

The Literature of Exile from Cicero to Boethius

Author: Jo-Marie Claassen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780299166441

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 1727

Exile is a political act involving loss of power. Five authors -- Cicero, Ovid, Seneca the Younger, Dio Chrysostomus, and Anicius Manlius Boethius -- all exiled from Rome, are examined in this fascinating study of the depiction of exile. Although separated from the first four by several centuries, Boethius has an intellectual, circumstantial, and spiritual affinity with them. Jo-Marie Claassen explores the various means of literary sublimation that individual exiles found for the feeling of social and political isolation that they experienced.

Acting Funny

Comic Theory and Practice in Shakespeare's Plays

Author: Frances N. Teague

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 9780838635247

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 190

View: 515

This anthology of critical essays uses Shakespeare's plays to consider some of the theoretical and practical issues involved in staging the comic. The contributors reexamine certain familiar assumptions about comic characters and situations in Shakespeare's plays and demonstrate that rejecting or modifying those assumptions significantly enriches one's understanding of the plays. Essays that trace criticism of Shakespeare's comedies often begin by remarking that the comedies have been neglected: one reason for that neglect is the critical assumption that tragedy is superior to comedy. The intrusion of the comic into tragedy is often considered an artistic lapse by Renaissance commentators like Jonson and Sidney. An assumption that may follow from the premise of tragedy as a master form is that a hierarchical universe exists in which both life and art are organized by hierarchies. That has led critics to insist that comedy focuses on the affairs of low people (as opposed to princes), and that laughter is a way of marking one's status. Finally, these assumptions lead to the corollary that such hierarchies are natural and immutable and not fashioned by critics. The essays that form Acting Funny challenge each of these presuppositions. They do so by focusing on the works of Shakespeare. His plays have been more intensively studied than any other dramatist; moreover, he wrote successfully in several genres. Thus he offers a particularly rich body of material for anyone who wants to consider structure and characterization in comedy, why some comedies are not comic, why some tragedies use the comic, how culture marks some groups as marginal, and whether that identification is comic or threatening.

The Cambridge Companion to Boccaccio

Author: Guyda Armstrong,Rhiannon Daniels,Stephen J. Milner

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107014352

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 294

View: 3818

A major re-evaluation of Boccaccio's status as literary innovator and cultural mediator equal to that of Petrarch and Dante.

Reading Ancient Slavery

Author: Edith Hall,Laura Proffitt,Richard Alston

Publisher: Bristol Classical Press

ISBN: 9780715638682

Category: History

Page: 240

View: 300

Evidence relating to the 'real world' of antiquity - inscriptions, historiography and legal speeches - has dominated studies of ancient Greek and Roman slavery, although providing few direct accounts by slaves of their subjective experiences. Yet the imaginative fictions produced by the ancient psyche in its literature and art provide many representations and discussions of what it felt like to be a slave. This volume provides a sustained discussion of the theory and practice of handling ancient poetry and images in order to enhance our understanding of the way that slavery was experienced by both slaves and their owners in the ancient world. Twelve essays by an international team of specialists develop a variety of theoretical positions, reading practices and interpretive strategies for recovering the psychological, emotional and social impact of ancient slavery from Homer, Aristotle, Greek drama, visual images, Roman poetry and imperial Roman dream interpretation.

Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome

Author: Amy Richlin

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195067231

Category: History

Page: 317

View: 3485

The first large-scale application of feminist theory to the study of Greek and Roman cultures, this book points to some striking similarities between our culture and that of the ancient world, challenging Foucauldian assumptions about the nature of sexuality. Covering such topics as vase painting, tragic and comic drama from fifth-century Athens, Hellenistic philosophy and sex manuals, Roman history, poetry, wall-painting, representations of gladiatorial combat, and romance novels, the contributors approach sexuality from both sides of the feminist pornography debate, including the use of film theory. A path-breaking application of feminist theory to the study of Greek and Roman cultures, this text offers new insight into the notion of sexuality in the ancient world.