Making Silence Speak

Making Silence Speak : Women's Voices in Greek Literature and Society

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This collection attempts to recover the voices of women in antiquity from a variety of perspectives: how they spoke, where they could be heard, and how their speech was adopted in literature and public discourse. Rather than confirming the old model of binary oppositions in which women's speech was viewed as insignificant and subordinate to male discourse, these essays reveal a dynamic and potentially explosive interrelation between women's speech and the realm of literary production, religion, and oratory. The contributors use a variety of methodologies to mine a diverse array of sources, from Homeric epic to fictional letters of the second sophistic period and from actual letters written by women in Hellenistic Egypt to the poetry of Sappho. Throughout, the term "voice" is used in its broadest definition. It includes not only the few remaining genuine women's voices but also the ways in which male authors render women's speech and the social assumptions such representations reflect and reinforce. These essays therefore explore how fictional female voices can serve to negotiate complex social, epistemological, and aesthetic issues. The contributors include Josine Blok, Raffaella Cribiore, Michael Gagarin, Mark Griffith, Andre Lardinois, Richard Martin, Lisa Maurizio, Laura McClure, D. M. O'Higgins, Patricia Rosenmeyer, Marilyn Skinner, Eva Stehle, and Nancy more

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  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 150 x 232 x 22mm | 458.13g
  • Princeton University Press
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0691004668
  • 9780691004662
  • 1,609,108

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"[A] brilliant and comprehensive collection of essays ... one which will be of great interest to classicists and non-specialists alike."--Monica S. Cyrino, Religious Studies Quarterlyshow more

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"There is no other collection that approaches the issue of women's voices in antiquity from such a broad perspective. "Making Silence Speak" will interest classicists and nonspecialists alike."--Froma I. Zeitlin, Princeton University "An important and interesting collection that supports its claim that women's speech is not 'separate from and subordinate to male discourse, ' but rather interrelated with it. This volume contains something of value for practically every Hellenist, and the individual pieces complement one another in a variety of suggestive ways."--Sarah T. Mace, Union Collegeshow more

Table of contents

Acknowledgments ix List of Illustrations xi Note on Abbreviations, Texts, and Translations xiii Chapter One: Introduction by Laura McClure 3 PART ONE: THE ARCHAIC PERIOD 17 Chapter Two: This Voice Which Is Not One: Helen's Verbal Guises in Homeric Epic by Nancy Worman 19 Chapter Three: The Voice at the Center of the World: The Pythias' Ambiguity and Authority by Lisa Maurizio 38 Chapter Four: Just Like a Woman: Enigmas of the Lyric Voice by Richard P. Martin 55 Chapter Five: Keening Sappho: Female Speech Genres in Sappho's Poetry by Andre Lardinois 75 PART TWO: THE CLASSICAL PERIOD 93 Chapter Six: Virtual Voices: Toward a Choreography of Women's Speech in Classical Athens by Josine H. Blok 95 Chapter Seven: Antigone and Her Sister(s): Embodying Women in Greek Tragedy by Mark Griffith 117 Chapter Eight: Women's Cultic Joking and Mockery: Some Perspectives by D. M. O'Higgins 137 Chapter Nine: Women's Voices in Attic Oratory by Michael Gagarin 161 PART THREE: THE LATE CLASSICAL PERIOD AND BEYOND 177 Chapter Ten: The Good Daughter: Mothers' Tutelage in Erinna's Distaff and Fourth-Century Epitaphs by Eva Stehle 179 Chapter Eleven: Ladies' Day at the Art Institute: Theocritus, Herodas, and the Gendered Gaze by Marilyn B. Skinner 201 Chapter Twelve: Windows on a Woman's World: Some Letters from Roman Egypt by Raffaella Cribiore 223 Chapter Thirteen: (In-)Versions of Pygmalion: The Statue Talks Back by Patricia A. Rosenmeyer 240 Bibliography 261 Contributors 289 Index 293show more

About Andre Lardinois

Andre Lardinois is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Minnesota and the coauthor, with T. C. Oudemans. of Tragic Ambiguity: Anthropology, Philosophy, and Sophocles' Antigone (Leiden). Laura McClure is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and the author of Spoken Like a Woman: Speech and Gender in Athenian Drama (Princeton).show more