Home > Literature & literary studies > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies: general > Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800 > Women on the Edge
Women on the Edge

Women on the Edge


  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star



International Edition


About the Book

Women on the Edge, a collection of Alcestis, Medea, Helen, and Iphegenia at Aulis, provides a broad sample of Euripides' plays focusing on women, and spans the chronology of his surviving works, from the earliest, to his last, incomplete, and posthumously produced masterpiece. Each play shows women in various roles--slave, unmarried girl, devoted wife, alienated wife, mother, daughter--providing a range of evidence about the kinds of meaning and effects the category woman conveyed in ancient Athens. The female protagonists in these plays test the boundaries--literal and conceptual--of their lives.

Although women are often represented in tragedy as powerful and free in their thoughts, speech and actions, real Athenian women were apparently expected to live unseen and silent, under control of fathers and husbands, with little political or economic power. Women in tragedy often disrupt "normal" life by their words and actions: they speak out boldly, tell lies, cause public unrest, violate custom, defy orders, even kill. Female characters in tragedy take actions, and raise issues central to the plays in which they appear, sometimes in strong opposition to male characters. The four plays in this collection offer examples of women who support the status quo and women who oppose and disrupt it; sometimes these are the same characters.


About the Author:

Ruby Blondell is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Washington. Mary-Kay Gamel is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Santa-Cruz. Nancy SorkinRabinowitz is Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College. Bella Vivante is Senior Lecturer in Humanities at the University of Arizona.


Best Sellers



Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780415907743
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • Publisher Imprint: Routledge
  • Depth: 25
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: N
  • Spine Width: 28 mm
  • Weight: 658 gr
  • ISBN-10: 0415907748
  • Publisher Date: 22 Dec 1998
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Height: 228 mm
  • No of Pages: 512
  • Series Title: New Classical Canon
  • Sub Title: Four Plays by Euripides/Alcestis/Medea/Helen/Iphigenia at Aulis
  • Width: 154 mm


Similar Products


Write A Review
Write your own book review for Women on the Edge
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star
  • Gray Star


 

 

Top Reviews
Be the first to write a review on this book Women on the Edge

New Arrivals



Inspired by your browsing history