Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama

Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama

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by Laura McClure
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691017301

ISBN-13: 9780691017303

Pub. Date: 08/09/1999

Publisher: Princeton University Press

In ancient Athens, where freedom of speech derived from the power of male citizenship, women's voices were seldom heard in public. Female speech was more often represented in theatrical productions through women characters written and enacted by men. In Spoken Like a Woman, the first book-length study of women's speech in classical drama, Laura McClure explores the…  See more details below

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In ancient Athens, where freedom of speech derived from the power of male citizenship, women's voices were seldom heard in public. Female speech was more often represented in theatrical productions through women characters written and enacted by men. In Spoken Like a Woman, the first book-length study of women's speech in classical drama, Laura McClure explores the discursive practices attributed to women of fifth-century B.C. Greece and to what extent these representations reflected a larger reality. Examining tragedies and comedies by a variety of authors, she illustrates how the dramatic poets exploited speech conventions among both women and men to construct characters and to convey urgent social and political issues.

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ISBN-13:
9780691017303
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/09/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
331
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Abbreviations
Ch. 1The City of Words: Speech in the Athenian Polis3
Ch. 2Gender and Verbal Genres in Ancient Greece32
Ch. 3Logos Gunaikos: Speech and Gender in Aeschylus' Oresteia70
Ch. 4At the House Door: Phaedra and the Politics of Reputation112
Ch. 5Women's Wordy Strife: Gossip and Invective in Euripides' Andromache158
Ch. 6Obscenity, Gender, and Social Status in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae and Ecclesiazusae205
Ch. 7Conclusion260
Bibliography265
Index285

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