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Author Cohen, Beth (Art historian)

Title Distaff Side : Representing the Female in Homer's Odyssey
Published Cary : Oxford University Press, 1995
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Contents Contributors; Abbreviations; I. Introduction; 1. The Odyssey, History, and Women; 2. Female Representations and Interpreting the Odyssey; 3. Between Skylla and Penelope: Female Characters of the Odyssey in Archaic and Classical Greek Art; II. Female Representations in the Odyssey; 4. The Plan of Athena; 5. Sirens, Muses and Female Narrators in the Odyssey; 6. Penelope as Moral Agent; 7. Figuring Fidelity in Homer's Odyssey; III. Representations of Female Characters from the Odyssey in Ancient Art; 8. Coming of Age in Phaiakia: The Meeting of Odysseus and Nausikaa
9. Kirke's Men: Swine and Sweethearts10. Les Femmes Fatales: Skylla and the Sirens in Greek Art; 11. The Intimate Act of Footwashing: Odyssey 19; References; Index; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; R; S; T; U; V; W; Z
Summary Female Characters play various roles in the Odyssey: patron goddess (Athena), seductress (Kirke, the Sirens, Nausikaa), carnivorous monster (Skylla), maid servant (Eurykleia), and faithful wife (Penelope). Adopting an interdisciplinary approach, this study examines these different femalerepresentations and their significance within the context of the poem and Greek culture. A central theme of the book is the visualization of the Odyssey's female characters by ancient artists, and several essays discuss the visual and iconographic implications of Odysseus' female encounters asdepicted in Greek,
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ISBN 0195344731