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Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays$
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Daniel Mendelsohn

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780199249565

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249565.001.0001

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Introduction Gender, Politics, Interpretation

Introduction Gender, Politics, Interpretation

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(p.1) I Introduction Gender, Politics, Interpretation
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Gender and the City in Euripides' Political Plays
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Daniel Mendelsohn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199249565.003.0001

This introductory chapter begins with a description of the current state of interpretative >aporia surrounding Euripedes' plays, Children of Herakles and Suppliant Women. It argues that the widespread interpretative dismay about the form of the texts seems to follow from erroneous assumptions about their content. It is also argued that in the political plays, the pairings of seemingly opposite feminine types — good/bad, fetishized/uncanny, constructive/destructive — constitute a coherent structural device with particular implications for political theorizing.

Keywords:   Euripedes, political plays, Children of Herakles, Suppliant Women, interpretation, women, gender

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