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Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient Greece

by: Bassi, K.

Price: 95,00 EURO

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Category: New Books
Code: 27309
ISBN-13: 9780472106257 / 978-0-472-10625-7
ISBN-10: 0472106252 / 0-472-10625-2
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication Date: 1998
Publication Place: Ann Arbor
Binding: Cloth
Pages: 283
Book Condition: New

Description
"Greek drama demands a story of origins," writes Karen Bassi in Acting Like Men . Abandoning the search for ritual and native origins of Greek drama, Bassi argues for a more secular and less formalist approach to the emergence of theater in ancient Greece. Bassi takes a broad view of Greek drama as a cultural phenomenon, and she discusses a wide variety of texts and artifacts that include epic poetry, historical narrative, philosophical treatises, visual media, and the dramatic texts themselves.

In her discussion of theaterlike practices and experiences, Bassi proposes new conceptual categories for understanding Greek drama as a cultural institution, viewing theatrical performance as part of what Foucault has called a discursive formation. Bassi also provides an important new analysis of gender in Greek culture at large and in Athenian civic ideology in particular, where spectatorship at the civic theater was a distinguishing feature of citizenship, and where citizenship was denied women.

Acting Like Men includes detailed discussions of message-sending as a form of scripted speech in the Iliad, of disguise and the theatrical body of Odysseus in the Odyssey, of tyranny as a theaterlike phenomenon in the narratives of Herodotus, and of Dionysus as the tyrannical and effeminate god of the theater in Euripides' Bacchae and Aristophanes' Frogs. Bassi concludes that the validity of an idealized masculine identity in Greek and Athenian culture is highly contested in the theater, where—in principle—citizens become passive spectators. Thereafter the author considers Athenian theater and Athenian democracy as mutually reinforcing mimetic regimes.

Acting Like Men will interest those interested in the history of the theater, performance theory, gender and cultural studies, and feminist approaches to ancient texts.

Karen Bassi is Associate Professor of Classics, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Contents

Introduction: The Search for Origins 1
Chapter 1: Nostalgia and Drama 12
Chapter 2: Scripted Speech 42
Chapter 3: The Theatrical Body 99
Chapter 4: The Theater of Tyranny 144
Chapter 5: The Theater of Dionysus 192
Epilogue: The End of Nostalgia 245
Bibliography 251
Index Locorum 267
General Index 273

 
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Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient Greece

by: Bassi, K.

  • ISBN-13: 9780472106257 / 978-0-472-10625-7
  • ISBN-03: 0472106252 / 0-472-10625-2
  • University of Michigan Press, Ann Arbor, 1998

Price: 95,00 EURO

1 copy in stock