Women's Work as Political Art: Weaving and Dialectical Politics in Homer, Aristophanes, and Plato

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Lexington Books, 2005 - Literary Criticism - 178 pages
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"Women's Work" as Political Art traces the evolution of weaving as metaphor in Homer's Odyssey, Aristophanes' Lysistrata, and Plato's Statesman and Phaedo. This figurative technique represents a dialectical approach to politics that combines disparate individuals within a greater community through philosophic inquiry. Expanding on feminist theorists such as Martha Nussbaum, Lisa Pace Vetter argues that in these works, the metaphor of the traditionally feminine art of weaving conveys complex and inclusive teachings that address the concerns of women more effectively than commonly believed. This book offers valuable insight to scholars of political theory, gender studies, and classics alike.
 

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Contents

Situating Platos Dialectical Politics in Contemporary Debates
15
Penelopes Dialectical Weavings in Homers Odyssey
33
Homespun Statesmanship and Political Peace in Aristophanes Lysistrata
63
The Unraveling of Philosophy and Political Life in Platos Statesman
81
The Socratic Interweaving of Philosophy and Politics in Platos Phaedo
129
Conclusion
161
Bibliography
165
Index
175
About the Author
179
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Lisa Pace Vetter is Assistant Professor of Government at American University.

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