Among women: from the homosocial to the homoerotic in the ancient world

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University of Texas Press, Mar 15, 2002 - Social Science - 389 pages
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"This book is the most thorough account of female homoerotic materials from the ancient Mediterranean I have yet seen in English.... I can easily see it becoming a standard work on ancient female homoeroticism."

óJohn S. Rundin, Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Texas at San Antonio

Women's and men's worlds were largely separate in ancient Mediterranean societies, and, in consequence, many women's deepest personal relationships were with other women. Yet relatively little scholarly or popular attention has focused on women's relationships in antiquity, in contrast to recent interest in the relationships between men in ancient Greece and Rome. The essays in this book seek to close this gap by exploring a wide variety of textual and archaeological evidence for women's homosocial and homoerotic relationships from prehistoric Greece to fifth-century CE Egypt.

Drawing on developments in feminist theory, gay and lesbian studies, and queer theory, as well as traditional textual and art historical methods, the contributors to this volume examine representations of women's lives with other women, their friendships, and sexual subjectivity. They present new interpretations of the evidence offered by the literary works of Sappho, Ovid, and Lucian; Bronze Age frescoes and Greek vase painting, funerary reliefs, and other artistic representations; and Egyptian legal documents.

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Contents

Introduction 1
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Eros and Poetic Creativity in Sappho
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Subjects Objects and Erotic Symmetry in Sapphos Fragments
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Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz is the Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton College, where she teaches tragedy, modern drama, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction. She is the author of "Anxiety Veiled: Euripides and the Traffic in Women" (1993), as well as the co-editor of "Feminist Theory and the Classics" (1993), "Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the Ancient World "(2002), and "Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides" (1998), for which she translated Euripides' "Alcestis,

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