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Women and Humor in Classical Greece

Women and Humor in Classical Greece

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  • Date Published: October 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521822534

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  • Laurie O'Higgins examines the role of women as producers of joking speech, especially within cults of Demeter. She considers the speech from its mythical origins in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, through the reactive iambic tradition and into old comedy. Sometimes known as aischrologia, this speech had considerable weight and vitality within its cultic context. It also influenced literary traditions, notably iambic and Attic old comedy traditionally regarded as entirely male.

    • Challenges the idea that Greek drama was always from the male perspective
    • Places ancient drama and iambic within cultic context
    • Considers women as agents of humour as well as targets
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    "O'Higgins writes well and her interpretations are carefully argued and imaginative. No other book deals with this range of materials. Highly recommended." Choice

    "O'Higgins makes her points well, and shows how a commonsense approach prusued imaginatively can produce radical and persuasive interpretations." New England Classical Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2003
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521822534
    • length: 282 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Cultic obscenity in Greece, especially Attica
    2. Iambe and the Hymn to Demeter
    3. Iambic's relationship with the female
    4. Women's iambic voices
    5. Comedy and women
    6. Women at centre stage

  • Author

    Laurie O'Higgins, Bates College, Maine

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