Gendered Politics in Sophocles’ Trachiniae

This is the first book-length examination of the notion of gendered politics in Sophocles’ Trachiniae. Making use of feminist theory and tackling the political nature of the categories of identity, culture and sexuality, Seferiadi brings the interpretation of Sophocles’ play up-to-date with the most recent scholarly developments. Les mer
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This is the first book-length examination of the notion of gendered politics in Sophocles’ Trachiniae. Making use of feminist theory and tackling the political nature of the categories of identity, culture and sexuality, Seferiadi brings the interpretation of Sophocles’ play up-to-date with the most recent scholarly developments. She discusses the play in the light of its Amazonian and monstrous background and touches upon topics such as marriage and the exchange of women; reciprocity within a corroded system of gift-exchanges; and the dynamics of female silence and the 'impaired' hegemonic masculinity.

Contributing to the topic of rape in the ancient world, this book focuses on sexual violence and the intertwinement of marriage and rape from the perspective of tragedy. With an Amazon being placed within the civilized arrangement of an oikos, the play negotiates the position of the female and advocates the need to expel the monstrous sexualities from the polis. Differing from previous analyses, this study is a reminder that female subjectivity was less foreclosed than is often tacitly assumed.
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Forlag: Bloomsbury Academic
Innbinding: Innbundet
Språk: Engelsk
Sider: 216
ISBN: 9781350260313
Format: 23 x 16 cm
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Introduction: Sophocles’ Trachiniae: Where Does the Feminine Belong?

Chapter 1: An Amazon in Athens: A Retrieval of Pre-Sophoclean Deianeira
Chapter 2: Deianeira and the Monsters: Monsters, Gender and the Polis
Chapter 3: What Went Wrong? Three Weddings, Two Deaths and a Funeral
Chapter 4: Beware of Monsters Bearing Gifts: Reciprocity and Justice
Chapter 5: Where is Deianeira? Authority and Masculinity in the exodos of Trachiniae

Conclusion

Notes
Bibliography
Index
Gesthimani Seferiadi is an independent scholar, Greece. She was awarded her PhD in Classical Studies from the University of Patras, Greece. Her research focuses on classical texts, especially in Athenian tragedy, in relation to gender identities.