Beauty and the Beast: Femininity, Animals and Humour in Middle Comedy
2011 (English)In: Classica et Mediaevalia, ISSN 0106-5815, Vol. 62, 51-80 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Museum Tusculanum Press, University of Copenhagen, 2011. Vol. 62, 51-80 p.
Humour, Comedy, Gender, Animals, Antiquity
Classical Archaeology and Ancient History Languages and Literature History
Research subject Classical Archaeology and Ancient History; Greek; History
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-63925OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-63925DiVA: diva2:584725
ProjectsEmotions in premodernity (UGPS)