Women and Humor in Classical Greece by Laurie OHigginsWomen and Humor in Classical Greece by Laurie OHiggins

Women and Humor in Classical Greece

byLaurie OHiggins

Paperback | July 23, 2007

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Laurie O'Higgins examines the role of women as producers of joking speech, especially within cults of Demeter. She considers the speech from its mythical origins in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, through the reactive iambic tradition and into old comedy. Sometimes known as aischrologia, this speech had considerable weight and vitality within its cultic context. It also influenced literary traditions, notably iambic and Attic old comedy traditionally regarded as entirely male.
Title:Women and Humor in Classical GreeceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:284 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.63 inPublished:July 23, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521037905

ISBN - 13:9780521037907


Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Cultic obscenity in Greece, especially Attica; 2. Iambe and the Hymn to Demeter; 3. Iambic's relationship with the female; 4. Women's iambic voices; 5. Comedy and women; 6. Women at centre stage; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

Editorial Reviews

"O'Higgins makes her points well, and shows how a commonsense approach prusued imaginatively can produce radical and persuasive interpretations." New England Classical Journal