The Distaff Side: Representing the Female in Homers Odyssey

Paperback | March 1, 1995

EditorBeth Cohen

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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 femalerepresentations 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 asdepicted 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, FromaI. 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 inclassical studies, iconography and art history, women's studies, mythology, and ancient history.

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Feminine in orientation, but not narrowly feminist in approach, this interdisciplinary work on the Odyssey's female characters will have a broad audience among scholars and students working in classical studies, iconography and art history, women's studies, mythology, and ancient history.

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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 femalerepresentations and their significance within the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9.13 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:March 1, 1995Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:019508683X

ISBN - 13:9780195086836

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Feminine in orientation, but not narrowly feminist in approach, this interdisciplinary work on the Odyssey's female characters will have a broad audience among scholars and students working in classical studies, iconography and art history, women's studies, mythology, and ancient history.

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"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 clearlyfamiliar with each other's work and respectful of other ideas." Cloelia