Comp Lit 05.26.09 - Comparative Literature 05/26/09 Medea:...

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Comparative Literature 05/26/09 Medea: Genre and Gender 1. Female voices in Epic a. Laments–Thetis, Briseis and captive women, and whole Trojan community for Hektor (Andromache,  Hekate, and Helen) i. Prototypical in epic. Laments echo the praise of the warrior in the entire epic. b. Epic and gender–primarily male perspective but integrates some female point of view. 2. Sapho’s Poetry a. Reshapes male discourse to articulate different, perhaps female, world view that emphasizes subjectivity  rather than male competition. b. Offers different world view 3. Gender and Tragedy a. Performed by males for males b. Gender in other tragedy we have seen i. Oresteia  1. uses gender to code oppositions 2. Contrast between older and newer former justice (older, retribution, female   newer,  legal, male) ii. Depicts highly powerful female characters 1. Clytemnestra and Medea 4. Zeitlin Article a. Argues that drama is coded as feminine in Athenian culture b. Intrinsic connection between Athenian tragedy and what Athenian culture perceived as feminine  c. Drama challenges male civic rational view of the universe d. Makes her point in three steps: i. Looking at Bakkai     1. Theater within theater 2. Emphasis on costume, when Pentheus spies on women 3. Phenomenon of taking on a disguise is feminine in this culture ii. Genetic argument     1. Likely ties that connect origin of drama with rituals for Dionysis 2. Dionysis connected with feminine because of female characteristic (soft, flowing hair) iii. Structural argument     1. Points out that which emphasize four elements indispensible to theater are connoted as 
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2009 for the course COMP LIT 211-0 taught by Professor Hopman during the Spring '09 term at Northwestern.

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Comp Lit 05.26.09 - Comparative Literature 05/26/09 Medea:...

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