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The Distaff Side : Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey - Beth Cohen

The Distaff Side

Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey

By: Beth Cohen (Editor)

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Published: 11th May 1995
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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.

"The essays collected in The Distaff Side provide a useful addition to the sizeable new literature on females in the Odyssey. The essays have been thoughtfully edited, and can be read with profit by undergraduates as well as by their instructors. All Greek is translated, obscurities are explained, and technical and theoretical terminology avoided."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Beautifully produced....The essays reveal wide research, good thinking, and sound scholarship."--Choice "This lively assortment of scholarly perspectives is well-researched and attentive to literary and artistic nuance, an authoritative work that will provoke scholars of women's history as well as classicists, art historians, and teachers of The Odyssey."--Religious Studies Review "Very intelligent, accessible tour around women in the Odyssey....First-rate introduction to the subject."--Sophie Mills, U.N.C. "[T]he volume constitutes a unique collection of outstanding articles on every aspect of the feminine in the Odyssey."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies "The essays collected in The Distaff Side provide a useful addition to the sizeable new literature on females in the Odyssey. The essays have been thoughtfully edited, and can be read with profit by undergraduates as well as by their instructors. All Greek is translated, obscurities are explained, and technical and theoretical terminology avoided."--Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Beautifully produced....The essays reveal wide research, good thinking, and sound scholarship."--Choice "This lively assortment of scholarly perspectives is well-researched and attentive to literary and artistic nuance, an authoritative work that will provoke scholars of women's history as well as classicists, art historians, and teachers of The Odyssey."--Religious Studies Review "Very intelligent, accessible tour around women in the Odyssey....First-rate introduction to the subject."--Sophie Mills, U.N.C. "[T]he volume constitutes a unique collection of outstanding articles on every aspect of the feminine in the Odyssey."--The Journal of Indo-European Studies "Well put together and very readable. I was so engaged by the arguments in these essays that I found myself asking questions as I read as though the authors might hear and respond. The unifying themes are evident; the scholarship is clear; the plates are illustrative. The authors are clearly familiar with each other's work and respectful of other ideas." Cloelia

Prefacep. vii
Contributorsp. xiii
Abbreviationsp. xvii
Introductionp. 1
The Odyssey, History, and Womenp. 3
Notesp. 14
Female Representations and Interpreting the Odysseyp. 17
Notesp. 26
Between Skylla and Penelope: Female Characters of the Odyssey in Archaic and Classical Greek Artp. 29
Notesp. 50
Female Representations in the Odysseyp. 59
The Plan of Athenap. 61
Notesp. 78
Sirens, Muses, and Female Narrators in the Odysseyp. 81
Notesp. 89
Penelope as Moral Agentp. 93
Notesp. 109
Figuring Fidelity in Homer's Odysseyp. 117
Notesp. 146
Representations of Female Characters from the Odyssey in Ancient Artp. 153
Coming of Age in Phaiakia: The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausikaap. 155
Notesp. 161
Kirke's Men: Swine and Sweetheartsp. 165
Notesp. 173
Les Femmes Fatales: Skylla and the Sirens in Greek Artp. 175
Notesp. 183
The Intimate Act of Footwashing: Odyssey 19p. 185
Notesp. 196
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780195086836
ISBN-10: 019508683X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 11th May 1995
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.47  x 1.83
Weight (kg): 0.48