The Distaff Side / Edition 1

The Distaff Side / Edition 1

by Beth Cohen
     
 

Female Characters play various roles in the Odyssey: patron goddess (Athena), seductress (Kirke, the Sirens, Nausikaa), carnivorous monster (Skylla), maid servant (Eurykleia), and faithful wife (Penelope). Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this study examines these different female representations and their significance within the context of the

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Female Characters play various roles in the Odyssey: patron goddess (Athena), seductress (Kirke, the Sirens, Nausikaa), carnivorous monster (Skylla), maid servant (Eurykleia), and faithful wife (Penelope). Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this study examines these different female representations and their significance within the context of the poem and Greek culture. A central theme of the book is the visualization of the Odyssey's female characters by ancient artists, and several essays discuss the visual and iconographic implications of Odysseus' female encounters as depicted in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art. The distinguished contributors—from the fields of classical studies, comparative literature, art history, and archaeology—are A.J. Graham, Seth L. Schein, Diana Buitron-Oliver, Beth Cohen, Sheila Murnaghan, Lillian Eileen Doherty, Helene P. Foley, Froma I. Zeitlin, H.A. Shapiro, Richard Brilliant, Jenifer Neils, and Christine Mitchell Havelock. Feminine in orientation, but not narrowly feminist in approach, this first interdisciplinary work on the Odyssey's female characters will have a broad audience amongst scholars and students working in classical studies, iconography and art history, women's studies, mythology, and ancient history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195086836
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/1995
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.13(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1650L (what's this?)

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Table of Contents

Contributors
Abbreviations
1The Odyssey, History, and Women3
2Female Representations and Interpreting the Odyssey17
3Between Skylla and Penelope: Female Characters of the Odyssey in Archaic and Classical Greek Art29
4The Plan of Athena61
5Sirens, Muses and Female Narrators in the Odyssey81
6Penelope as Moral Agent93
7Figuring Fidelity in Homer's Odyssey117
8Coming of Age in Phaiakia: The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausikaa155
9Kirke's Men: Swine and Sweethearts165
10Les Femmes Fatales: Skylla and the Sirens in Greek Art175
11The Intimate Act of Footwashing: Odyssey 19185
References201
Index219

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