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Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey (Beth Cohen (ed)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1995) 9780195086836
Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey (Beth Cohen (ed)) Paperback Book, (Oxford University Press, 1995) 9780195086836
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Title: Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey

Author: Cohen, Beth (ed)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 1995

Paperback; ISBN: 9780195086836

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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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.CONTENTSContributors Abbreviations 1 The Odyssey, History, and Women 2 Female Representations and Interpreting the Odyssey 3 Between Skylla and Penelope: Female Characters of the Odyssey in Archaic and Classical Greek Art 4 The Plan of Athena 5 Sirens, Muses and Female Narrators in the Odyssey 6 Penelope as Moral Agent 7 Figuring Fidelity in Homer's Odyssey 8 Coming of Age in Phaiakia: The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausikaa 9 Kirke's Men: Swine and Sweethearts 10 Les Femmes Fatales: Skylla and the Sirens in Greek Art 11 The Intimate Act of Footwashing: Odyssey 19 References Index
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