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The Distaff Side : Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey

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Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this study examines the different representations of women in the Odyssey 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 in Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art. Feminine in orientation, but not narrowly feminist in approach, this first 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.show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 154.7 x 234.7 x 18.3mm | 542.44g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 38 pp halftones
  • 019508683X
  • 9780195086836
  • 881,376

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A work useful to both undergraduates and specialists. * Grainne McLaughlin, Univ of Dublin, Hermathena * Three introductory essays ... will doubtless prove especially helpful to undergraduates as they cover the key areas of the poem's datation, its representation of female characters, and the contemporary nuances in their vizualization by artists of the sixth and fifth centuries B.C. * Grainne McLaughlin, Univ. of Dublin, Hermathena * An enjoyable, informative, and instructive read ... the first extensive interdisciplinary discussion of representation of female characters in the poem * Grainne McLaughlin, Univ. of Dublin, Hermathena * The Journal of Indo-European Studies In an impressive series of papers, the contributors to this rich volume examine the various facets of the feminine figures in the Odyssey in the light of Greek culture, history, and mythology...A unique collection of outstanding articles on every aspect of the feminine in the Odyssey. This is a helpful contribution to the field. All Greek is translated. The production is fine. * The Classical Review * The twelve contributors combine to offer a remarkably coherent reading of the poem and its values; the volume as a whole is an important contribution to current debate in this much-discussed field. * M.R. Gale, Royal Holloway, London, Journal of Hellenic Studies * A multi-disciplinary range - history, art history and literature. It has ample notes and references and a magnificent collection of sixty plates, eminently usable in other Homeric contexts. * JACT review *show more

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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.show more

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