Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama

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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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A useful, occasionally provocative overview of the politics of gendered diction.
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A useful, occasionally provocative overview of the politics of gendered diction.
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"A useful, occasionally provocative overview of the politics of gendered diction."--Choice
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691017303
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/9/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 331
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Laura McClure is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Note on Abbreviations
Ch. 1 The City of Words: Speech in the Athenian Polis 3
Ch. 2 Gender and Verbal Genres in Ancient Greece 32
Ch. 3 Logos Gunaikos: Speech and Gender in Aeschylus' Oresteia 70
Ch. 4 At the House Door: Phaedra and the Politics of Reputation 112
Ch. 5 Women's Wordy Strife: Gossip and Invective in Euripides' Andromache 158
Ch. 6 Obscenity, Gender, and Social Status in Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae and Ecclesiazusae 205
Ch. 7 Conclusion 260
Bibliography 265
Index 285
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"Spoken Like a Woman is excellently grounded in recent work on social history, in particular on the social regulation of women's speech in classical Athens. The discussions of individual plays are original and illuminating. The book will be indispensable reading for those researching women in Greek drama or gender in ancient literature."—Edith Hall, Somerville College, Oxford

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