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Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome - Amy Richlin

Pornography and Representation in Greece and Rome

By: Amy Richlin (Editor)

Paperback Published: 14th May 1992
ISBN: 9780195067231
Number Of Pages: 352

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The first large-scale application of feminist theory to the study of Greek and Roman cultures, this book points to some striking similarities between our culture and that of the ancient world, challenging Foucauldian assumptions about the nature of sexuality. Covering such topics as vase painting, tragic and comic drama from fifth-century Athens, Hellenistic philosophy and sex manuals, Roman history, poetry, wall-painting, representations of gladiatorial combat, and romance novels, the contributors approach sexuality from both sides of the feminist pornography debate, including the use of film theory. A path-breaking application of feminist theory to the study of Greek and Roman cultures, this text offers new insight into the notion of sexuality in the ancient world.

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"The high scholarly level of the informative essays and the carefully selected illustrations provide a rare compendium of sources and a sophisticated yet accessible comment on topics today's students hunger to know but, with rare exceptions, are not served as nutritious a course as this banquet of delights offers."--Paul B. Harvey, Pennsylvania State University "An excellent collection of essays on eroticism which fulfills a significant gap....Useful for any classicist in literature, art, sociology, and classical culture."--Clifford Braerlmas, St. John Fisher College "A fine, stimulating, and challenging collection. A superb compliment to other current works on sexuality in the ancient world."--James A. Francis, Rollins College "As a set these papers make a substantial contribution to classical studies, bringing to bear a complex feminist perspective in an informed, clear, compelling way. This is very much needed, and should have considerable appeal to classicists, feminists, critics and students, and to anyone interested in antiquity and sexuality."--David Konstan, Brown University "The authors add significantly to the understanding of sexuality in Greece and Rome by applying feminist theory, among others, to their analyses. The volume is remarkable in part for its feminist authorship....But it is also remarkable for the inclusion of material previously unavailable to the nonclassicist, for the variety and range of interpretations, and for the discussions of literary texts side by side with visual art....The 13 contributors represent some of the most recent and provocative work in classical scholarship to date. The handy timeline will help the general reader; the bibliography is particularly useful for the general reader and specialist alike."--Choice "Most of the papers contain solid scholarship and make an important contribution to understanding classical social and cultural history."--Bowling Green Daily News "This collection shows that imaginative scholarship can still yield fresh insights."--American Historical Review "One of the very few large-scale applications of feminist theory to Greco-Roman antiquity."--Richlin, XI "Well-produced...the authors should be congratulated for tackling the issues rigorously and without straitjacketing their responses."--The Historian

Timeline of material covered in the text 1: Robert F. Sutton, JR.: Pornography and Persuasion on Attic Pottery Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz: Tragedy and the Politics of Containment 3: Alan Shapiro: Eros in Love: Pederasty and Pornography in Geece 4: Bella Zweig: The Mute Nude Female Characters in Aristophanes' Plays 5: Holt N. Parker: Love's Body Anatomized: The Ancient Erotic Handbooks and the Rhetoric of Society 6: Sandra R. Joshel: The Body Female and the Body Politic: Livy's Lucretia and Verginia 7: Molly Myerowitz: The Domestication of Desire: Ovid's Parva Tabella and the Theater of Love 8: Amy Richlin: Reading Ovid's Rapes 9: Shelby Brown: Death as Decoration: Scenes from the Arena on Roman Domestic Mosaics 10: Helen E. Elsom: Callirhoe: Displaying the Phallic Woman 11: Holly Montague: Sweet and Pleasant Passion: Female and Male Fantasy in Ancient Romance Novels 12: Madeleine M. Henry: The Edible Woman: Athenaeus' Concept of the Pornographic Terry Marsh: Afterword: The (Other) Maiden's Tale Credits for Photographs Bibliography [comprehensive] Contributors Index

ISBN: 9780195067231
ISBN-10: 0195067231
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 352
Published: 14th May 1992
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.65  x 2.85
Weight (kg): 0.55

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