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Performing oaths in classical Greek drama, Judith Fletcher

Label
Performing oaths in classical Greek drama
Title
Performing oaths in classical Greek drama
Statement of responsibility
Judith Fletcher
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Oaths were ubiquitous rituals in ancient Athenian legal, commercial, civic and international spheres. Their importance is reflected by the fact that much of surviving Greek drama features a formal oath sworn before the audience. This is the first comprehensive study of that phenomenon. The book explores how the oath can mark or structure a dramatic plot, at times compelling characters like Euripides' Hippolytus to act contrary to their best interests. It demonstrates how dramatic oaths resonate with oath rituals familiar to the Athenian audiences. Aristophanes' Lysistrata and her accomplices, for example, swear an oath that blends protocols of international treaties with priestesses' vows of sexual abstinence. By employing the principles of Speech Act theory, this book examines how the performative power of the dramatic oath can mirror the status quo, but also disturb categories of gender, social status and civic identity in ways that redistribute and confound social authority"--
Assigning source
Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
882/.0109
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3136
LC item number
.F58 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Performing oaths in classical Greek drama, Judith Fletcher
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. From curses to blessings: horkos in the Oresteia; 2. Speaking like a man: Sophocles' Trachiniae and Philoctetes; 3. Horkos in the polis: Athens, Thebes, and Sophocles; 4. Perjury and other perversions: Euripides' Phoenissae, Orestes, and Cyclops; 5. Twisted justice in Aristophanes' Clouds; 6. Women and oaths in Euripides; 7. How to do things with Euripides: Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae; 8. Swearing off sex in Aristophanes' Lysistrata; Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 277 pages
Isbn
9780521762731
Lccn
2011029382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn793910091
  • (Sirsi) y40020499754
  • (UBY)a5383961
Label
Performing oaths in classical Greek drama, Judith Fletcher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Machine generated contents note: Introduction; 1. From curses to blessings: horkos in the Oresteia; 2. Speaking like a man: Sophocles' Trachiniae and Philoctetes; 3. Horkos in the polis: Athens, Thebes, and Sophocles; 4. Perjury and other perversions: Euripides' Phoenissae, Orestes, and Cyclops; 5. Twisted justice in Aristophanes' Clouds; 6. Women and oaths in Euripides; 7. How to do things with Euripides: Aristophanes' Thesmophoriazusae; 8. Swearing off sex in Aristophanes' Lysistrata; Conclusion
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 277 pages
Isbn
9780521762731
Lccn
2011029382
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn793910091
  • (Sirsi) y40020499754
  • (UBY)a5383961

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