Download PDF by Karen Bassi: Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient

By Karen Bassi

ISBN-10: 0472106252

ISBN-13: 9780472106257

"Greek drama calls for a narrative of origins," writes Karen Bassi in Acting Like Men. forsaking the hunt for ritual and local origins of Greek drama, Bassi argues for a extra secular and no more formalist method of the emergence of theater in historic Greece. Bassi takes a vast view of Greek drama as a cultural phenomenon, and she or he discusses a wide selection of texts and artifacts that come with epic poetry, old narrative, philosophical treatises, visible media, and the dramatic texts themselves.
In her dialogue of theaterlike practices and reviews, Bassi proposes new conceptual different types for realizing Greek drama as a cultural establishment, viewing theatrical functionality as a part of what Foucault has referred to as a discursive formation. Bassi additionally presents a huge new research of gender in Greek tradition at huge and in Athenian civic ideology particularly, the place spectatorship on the civic theater used to be a distinguishing function of citizenship, and the place citizenship was once denied women.
Acting Like Men comprises distinct discussions of message-sending as a sort of scripted speech within the Iliad, of cover and the theatrical physique of Odysseus within the Odyssey, of tyranny as a theaterlike phenomenon within the narratives of Herodotus, and of Dionysus because the tyrannical and effeminate god of the theater in Euripides' Bacchae and Aristophanes' Frogs. Bassi concludes that the validity of an idealized masculine id in Greek and Athenian tradition is very contested within the theater, where--in principle--citizens develop into passive spectators. Thereafter the writer considers Athenian theater and Athenian democracy as together reinforcing mimetic regimes.
Acting Like Men will curiosity these attracted to the historical past of the theater, functionality thought, gender and cultural reviews, and feminist ways to old texts.
Karen Bassi is affiliate Professor of Classics, college of California, Santa Cruz.

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38 This desire to see through the body is also explanatory of the concept of identification that is common to psychoanalysis and to contemporary critical analyses of dramatic performance. I know of no historical basis for their shared use of the term, nor am I relying on the fact that one exists; identification does similar conceptual work in both theoretical domains, however. Generally descriptive of the pre-Oedipal or Oedipal desire to be or become the other, Identifizierung in the psychoanalytical literature is initiated and achieved through that desire.

In the introduction, I suggested that by virtue of their cultural primacy, the Homeric epics establish models for representing human speech and the display of the human body in Greek culture at large. Defined as communication in which there is a recognized or acknowledged dissociation between an original speaker and his words, scripted speech is first illustrated in the message-sending scenes in the epics, in which an intermediary delivers the words of one character to another. I suggest no straightforward historical connection between the message-sending scenes in epic and the performance of a dramatic script but rather a connection based on some shared characteristics.

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