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    Playing the Man: Performing Masculinities in the Ancient Greek Novel (Oxford Studies in Classical Literature and Gender Theory) (Hardback) By (author) Meriel Jones

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    DescriptionDespite the growth of research on masculinity in both Gender and Classical Studies, and the resurgence of interest in ancient fiction, no volume has yet been devoted to exploring the representation of masculinity in ancient Greek novels. This ground-breaking study examines and contextualizes three key discourses of ancient Greek masculinity - paideia, andreia, and sexual ideology - as evidenced in the five 'ideal' Greek novels (namely those of Chariton, Xenophon of Ephesus, Achilles Tatius, Longus, and Heliodorus). Jones argues that while some of the narratives may be set in the classical past, the masculine concerns they display are inescapably symptomatic of the imperial present, reflecting some of the 'gender troubles' of the real world of their authors. Using modern theories of the 'performance' of gender as tools for analysis, the study finds that many of the novels' men betray an awareness that their masculine identities depend on the maintenance of their image before others - they are conscious of 'playing the man'. The book also puts forward the hypothesis that, while most of the authors uphold accepted scripts of masculinity, Achilles Tatius constructs Cleitophon as a 'misperformer' of masculinity as a means of challenging and subverting traditional codes of gender.

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    Playing the Man
    Performing Masculinities in the Ancient Greek Novel
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Meriel Jones
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 522 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199570089
    ISBN 10: 0199570086

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010, LIT011000, LIT004190
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    DC23: 883.10935211
    DC22: 883.10935211
    LC classification: PA3267 .J66 2012
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    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press
    Publication date
    31 May 2012
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    Author Information
    Meriel Jones was Lecturer in Classics at the University of Wales Lampeter from 2006-8, and is a founder-member of KYKNOS, the Swansea and Lampeter ancient narrative research centre. Her doctoral thesis, Playing the Man: Performing Masculinities in the Greek Novel, was joint winner of the Hellenic Foundation 2007 Award for best doctoral thesis in the Ancient Literature, Philosophy, and Archaeology category. She has published on gender, ekphrasis, magic, and personal names in the Greek novels, and is currently Honorary Research Fellow of the Department of Classics at University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
    Table of contents
    INTRODUCTION ; 1 PAIDEIA ; The history and social context of paideia ; The gendering of paideia ; Male paideia in the novels ; Concluding remarks ; 2 ANDREIA ; Defining and contextualizing andreia ; The gendering of andreia ; Male andreia in the novels ; Concluding remarks ; 3 MASCULINITY AND SEXUAL IDEOLOGY ; Introduction ; Resisting ideology? ; Imperilled masculinity ; Masculinity as role-play ; A man with women and a woman with men ; Concluding remarks ; CONCLUSION ; REFERENCES ; INDEX LOCORUM ; GENERAL INDEX