Karen Bassi's Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient PDF

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 quest for ritual and local origins of Greek drama, Bassi argues for a extra secular and not more formalist method of the emergence of theater in old Greece. Bassi takes a huge view of Greek drama as a cultural phenomenon, and she or he discusses a large choice 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 knowing 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 major new research of gender in Greek tradition at huge and in Athenian civic ideology particularly, the place spectatorship on the civic theater was once a distinguishing function of citizenship, and the place citizenship was once denied women.
Acting Like Men contains special 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 identification in Greek and Athenian tradition is very contested within the theater, where--in principle--citizens turn into passive spectators. Thereafter the writer considers Athenian theater and Athenian democracy as at the same time reinforcing mimetic regimes.
Acting Like Men will curiosity these attracted to the background of the theater, functionality idea, gender and cultural reviews, and feminist ways to historic texts.
Karen Bassi is affiliate Professor of Classics, collage of California, Santa Cruz.

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On Aristotle's statement at Poetics 1448blO-12, that mimesis affords pleasure in what ought to give pain, see chap. 5. Obviously actual spectators could refuse to look at Oedipus on stage; my point depends on the principle that, by definition, spectators are in the theater to watch. Nostalgia and Drama 35 analysis in the critical history of drama. In the works I have been discussing, attention is deflected from the body as a corporeal object of empirical observation and onto a stable and internal essence of [masculine] selfhood.

This observation, offered as a means of disavowing the reality of that act and forestalling its terrible consequences, illustrates Aristotle's critique of dramatic apsis as I have described it; it internalizes those acts and would keep them in control and out of sight. But more to the point, this explanation helps to contextualize Jocasta's statement as a source for Freud's analysis of Sophocles' play in The Interpretation of Dreams, a text that represents perhaps the most conspicuous example of a critique of dramatic production in the service of preserving a dominant masculinity.

But with the obvious exception of mime, dramatic impersonation comprises both bodily acts and speech acts. Despite the fact that Aristotle can do away with apsis and can simultaneously reduce the verbal articulation of a play to the reading or recitation of its main events (Poetics 1453bl-7), formal dramatic performance advances by means of the first-person speeches of the actors. I/2 The historical route by which this term comes to designate an actor and how its meaning is appropriate for an actor's performance are uncertain.

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