while it's going too far to call much of anything an orthodoxy in the study of tragedy, there's no doubt that the social sciences have been making inroads into literary studies for so long now that the line between the two is hardly distinct. this essay is about the role of women in ancient greek tragedies, particularly those of aeschylus, euripides, and sophocles., making silence speak: women's voices in greek literature and society (princeton, 2001).
greeks do not protest, even though their attitude to foreign academic's "right" to dig into the greek past has become more ambivalent in recent years. also had another requirement for great tragedy: the scene of suffering, ‘a destructive or painful action, such as death on the stage, bodily agony, wounds, and the like’. i hardly need comment on the five essays that appear here in revised form; students of greek poetry and society have been learning from and responding to them for years.
she suggests that in its treatment of marriage tragedy retains traces of a pre- or even anti-democratic ideology, a hearkening back to an aristocratic homeric ideal (for males at least). next two essays apply those questions to tragic virgins: iii. and though the stakes might be low and the plotlines quotidian, the level of catharsis is as deep as it is in the greatest tragedy.
plan is ambitious, a look at "the fictional female position" in tragedy, as well as the reflection of contemporary society in those positions (p. on this multi-vocality of antigone, see now mark griffith, "antigone and her sister(s): embodying women in greek tragedy," in l. and pity, the flint and steel that together ignite cathartic pleasure, require a very specific condition, namely, that the tragedy portray a man like ourselves – neither eminently good nor filled with depravity, but rather, someone whose misfortune is brought about ‘by some error or frailty’.
and the value of the book lies not only in the first publication of the four new essays, but in the combined impact of the approaches foley has been pursuing since at least 1989., deception, and lamentation: the advancement of women’s rights and democracy in ancient greek tragedies. in his epic works and days, he presents a greek myth about the fall of man.