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Beauty and the Beast: Femininity, Animals and Humour in Middle Comedy
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Umeå Centre for Gender Studies (UCGS). (Umeå Group for Premodern Studies)
2011 (English)In: Classica et Mediaevalia, ISSN 0106-5815, Vol. 62, 51-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Approximating humans to animals is a technique employed in Greek Literature, drawing on epic stylistics. The topsy-turvy nature of Old Comedy encouraged the use of animal choruses and characters. In Middle Comedy, their dramatic use appears limited: a number of similes are built around refernces to animals for both male and female characters, producing social comments in humorous form. This paper explores how animal semantics in selected fragments (Alexis and Epicrates)  impart occasional otherness to female entities (women and hetairai) reinforcing the sense of difference from the norm, whereas on other occasions they subtly underline the importance of females in the civic environment. 

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Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen, 2011. Vol. 62, 51-80 p.
Keyword [en]
Humour, Comedy, Gender, Animals, Antiquity
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Languages and Literature History
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Classical Archaeology and Ancient History; Greek; History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63925OAI: diva2:584725
Emotions in premodernity (UGPS)
Available from: 2013-01-09 Created: 2013-01-09 Last updated: 2013-10-08Bibliographically approved

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