Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides / Edition 1

Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides / Edition 1

by Ruby Blondell, Bella Zweig, Nancy S. Rabinowitz
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415907748

ISBN-13: 9780415907743

Pub. Date: 12/22/1998

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Women on the Edge, a collection of Alcestis, Medea, Helen, and Iphegenia at Aulis, provides a broad sample of Euripides' plays focusing on women, and spans the chronology of his surviving works, from the earliest, to his last, incomplete, and posthumously produced masterpiece. Each play shows women in various roles--slave, unmarried girl,

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Women on the Edge, a collection of Alcestis, Medea, Helen, and Iphegenia at Aulis, provides a broad sample of Euripides' plays focusing on women, and spans the chronology of his surviving works, from the earliest, to his last, incomplete, and posthumously produced masterpiece. Each play shows women in various roles--slave, unmarried girl, devoted wife, alienated wife, mother, daughter--providing a range of evidence about the kinds of meaning and effects the category woman conveyed in ancient Athens. The female protagonists in these plays test the boundaries--literal and conceptual--of their lives.

Although women are often represented in tragedy as powerful and free in their thoughts, speech and actions, real Athenian women were apparently expected to live unseen and silent, under control of fathers and husbands, with little political or economic power. Women in tragedy often disrupt "normal" life by their words and actions: they speak out boldly, tell lies, cause public unrest, violate custom, defy orders, even kill. Female characters in tragedy take actions, and raise issues central to the plays in which they appear, sometimes in strong opposition to male characters. The four plays in this collection offer examples of women who support the status quo and women who oppose and disrupt it; sometimes these are the same characters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415907743
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
12/22/1998
Series:
New Classical Canon Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.03(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface

INTRODUCTION

I. Athens and Greek Culture

Political History, Religion, Fate and Responsibility, Self and Other

II.Athenian Tragedy: A Civic Institution

Tragedy and Athenian Democracy, Audience, The Festival, Production and Performance, The Chorus, Formal Elements, Use of Myth

III.Women in Athens

Athenian Women and the Ideology of Gender, Women and Marriage: From Parthenos to Gune, Women and Athenian Tragedy

IV.Euripides

Life and Works, Ancient Reactions to Euripides, Euripides as a Playwright, Women in Euripides

V.The "Afterlife" of Euripides

Survival and Canonization, Textual Criticism, The Artistic Legacy

FOUR PLAYS BY EURIPIDES

Alcestis: Translated by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz

Medea: Translated by Ruby Blondell

Helen: Translated by Bella Zweig

Iphigenia at Aulis: Translated by Mary-Kay Gamel

Notes

References

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