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    DescriptionNicole Loraux has devoted much of her writing to charting the paths of the Greek "imaginary," revealing a collective masculine psyche fraught with ambivalence as it tries to grasp the differences between nature and culture, body and soul, woman and man. "The Experiences of Tiresias," its title referring to the shepherd struck blind after glimpsing Athena's naked body, captures this ambivalence in exploring how the Greek male defines himself in relationship to the feminine. In these essays, Loraux disturbs the idea of virile men and feminine women, a distinction found in official discourse and aimed at protecting the ideals of male identity from any taint of the feminine. Turning to epic and to Socrates, however, she insists on a logic of an inclusiveness between the genders, which casts a shadow over their clear, officially defined borders.The emphasis falls on the body, often associated with feminine vulnerability and weakness, and often dissociated from the ideal of the brave, self-sacrificing male warrior. But heroes such as the Homeric Achilles, who fears yet fights bravely, and Socrates, who speaks of the soul through the language of the body, challenge these representations. The anatomy of pain, the heroics of childbirth, the sorrows of tears, the warrior's wounds, and the madness of the soul: all these experiences are shown to engage with both the masculine and the feminine in ways that do not denigrate the experiences for either gender.Originally published in 1997.The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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    The Experiences of Tiresias
    Feminine and the Greek Man
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nicole Loraux, Translated by Paula Wissing
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 356
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 514 g
    ISBN 13: 9780691017174
    ISBN 10: 0691017174

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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT004190, SOC032000
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    New edition
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    01 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "In her generous and passionate manner, Nicole Loraux brings into bloom an entire field of Greek studies and discovers, behind the serene images that Athenian democracy has created of itself, a "terra incognita" full of noise and fury."--Catherine David, "Le Nouvel Observateur"