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Overview

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: 5/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Lexile: 1650L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.13 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Abbreviations
1 The Odyssey, History, and Women 3
2 Female Representations and Interpreting the Odyssey 17
3 Between Skylla and Penelope: Female Characters of the Odyssey in Archaic and Classical Greek Art 29
4 The Plan of Athena 61
5 Sirens, Muses and Female Narrators in the Odyssey 81
6 Penelope as Moral Agent 93
7 Figuring Fidelity in Homer's Odyssey 117
8 Coming of Age in Phaiakia: The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausikaa 155
9 Kirke's Men: Swine and Sweethearts 165
10 Les Femmes Fatales: Skylla and the Sirens in Greek Art 175
11 The Intimate Act of Footwashing: Odyssey 19 185
References 201
Index 219
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