Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays by Daniel MendelsohnGender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays by Daniel Mendelsohn

Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays

byDaniel Mendelsohn

Paperback | April 28, 2005

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This book is the first book-length study of Euripides' so-called 'political plays (Children of Herakles and Suppliant Women) to appear in half a century. Still disdained as the anomalously patriotic or propagandistic works of a playwright elsewhere famous for his subversive, ironic artisticethos, the two works in question, notorious for their uncomfortable juxtaposition of political speeches and scenes of extreme feminine emotion, continue to be dismissed by scholars of tragedy as artistic failures unworthy of the author of Medea, Hippolytus, and Bacchae. The present study makes useof recent insights into classical Greek conceptions of gender (in real life and on stage) and Athenian notions of civic identity to demonstrate that the political plays are, in fact, intellectually subtle and structurally coherent exercises in political theorizing - works that use complexinteractions between female and male characters to explore the advantages, and costs, of being a member of the polis.
Daniel Mendelsohn is a writer and critic living in New York and Lecturer in the Department of Classics at Princeton University.
Title:Gender and the City in Euripides' Political PlaysFormat:PaperbackDimensions:276 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.67 inPublished:April 28, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199278040

ISBN - 13:9780199278046


Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Gender, Politics, Interpretation2. Children of Herakles: Territories of the Other3. Suppliant Women: Regulations of the Feminine4. Conclusion

Editorial Reviews

`[A] detailed, profound, and revealing analysis of the two 'political' plays ... These few examples are all that can be cited here of the strength of the evidence he cites to support his theses and the precision of his critical language; to appreciate the full effect, the reader must go to thebook. Suffice it to say that in his sensitive analysis of these and other aspects of the two plays' structure and content he has rescued them from the critical limbo to which so many scholars had consigned them ... The somewhat abstract psychological analysis Mendelsohn proposes here may soundcomplex but it emerges convincingly from a close reading of the plays ... The review of his book, though selective and inadequate, is enough to establish the fact that his attempt is a brilliant success.'Bernard Knox, The New York Review of Books