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Performing Oaths in Classical Greek Drama (Hardback)

Judith Fletcher

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ISBN 10: 0521762731 / ISBN 13: 9780521762731
Edité par CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom, 2012
Neuf(s) Etat : New Hardback
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Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. N° de réf. du libraire AAA9780521762731

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Titre : Performing Oaths in Classical Greek Drama (...

Éditeur : CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS, United Kingdom

Date d'édition : 2012

Reliure : Hardback

Etat du livre :New

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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.

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Demonstrates how oaths influence dramatic plots by compelling characters to behave in certain ways, how perjured oaths activate curses and how women use oaths to gain control of men. The theoretical approach to language, gender and agency will appeal to all scholars interested in Greek drama.

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