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Exchange and the Maiden free pdf Marriage is a central concern in five of the seven extant plays of the Greek tragedian Sophocles. In this pathfinding study, Kirk Ormand delves into the ways in which these plays represent and problematize marriage, thus offering insights into how Athenians thought about the institution of marriage. Ormand first explores the legal and economic underpinnings of Athenian marriage, then shows how Sophocles' plays: "Trachiniae", "Electra", "Antigone", "Ajax", and "Oedipus Tyrannus" both reinforce and critique this ideology by representing marriage as a homosocial exchange between men, in which women are objects who may attempt - but always fail - to become self-acting subjects. These fresh readings provide the first systematic study of marriage in Sophocles. They draw important connections between drama and marriage as rituals concerned with controlling potentially disruptive female subjectivities.

About Kirk Ormand

Kirk Ormand is Professor of Classics at Oberlin College.

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Author : Kirk Ormand
Publisher : University of Texas Press
Data Published : 01 June 1999
ISBN : 0292760523
EAN : 9780292760523
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 231 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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