Feminine Discourse in Roman Comedy: On Echoes and Voices

Hardcover | July 8, 2008

byDorota M. Dutsch

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As literature written in Latin has almost no female authors, we are dependent on male writers for some understanding of the way women would have spoken. Plautus (3rd to 2nd century BCE) and Terence (2nd century BCE) consistently write particular linguistic features into the lines spoken bytheir female characters: endearments, soft speech, and incoherent focus on numerous small problems. Dorota M. Dutsch describes the construction of this feminine idiom and asks whether it should be considered as evidence of how Roman women actually spoke.

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As literature written in Latin has almost no female authors, we are dependent on male writers for some understanding of the way women would have spoken. Plautus (3rd to 2nd century BCE) and Terence (2nd century BCE) consistently write particular linguistic features into the lines spoken bytheir female characters: endearments, soft spee...

Dorota M. Dutsch is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.91 inPublished:July 8, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199533385

ISBN - 13:9780199533381

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Plautus' Pharmacy3. Of Pain and Laughter4. (Wo)men of Bacchus5. Father Tongue, Mother Tongue