The Roman Gaze: Vision, Power, and the Body

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David Fredrick
JHU Press, Nov 18, 2002 - History - 334 pages
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The Roman Gaze: Vision, Power, and the Body uses the concept of "the gaze" to examine literary, visual, and material evidence that reveals the contribution of ancient Rome to the development of Western culture. Contributors draw upon a wide range of theoretical methods, using visual and body theory from various fields and period specializations. Topics include violence and gender in Senecan theater, literary representations of erotic love within a hierarchical and violent Rome, and the differing appeal of artistic depictions designed for visual consumption by both genders. Boldly interdisciplinary, The Roman Gaze will interest readers in history, classics, literature, art, and cinema.

Contributors: Carlin Barton, Cindy Benton, John R. Clarke, Anthony Corbeill, Katherine Owen Eldred, David Fredrick, Pamela Gordon, Zahra Newby, and Alison R. Sharrock.

 

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Contents

Split Vision The Politics of the Gaze in Senecas Troades
31
This Ship of Fools Epic Vision in Lucans Vulteius Ep
57
Some Unseen Monster Rereading Lucretius on Sex
86
Reading Programs in GrecoRoman Art Reflections on the Spada Reliefs
110
Look Whos Laughing at Sex Men and Women Viewers in the Apodyterium of the Suburban Baths at Pompeii
149
Political Movement Walking and Ideology in Republican Rome
182
Being in the Eyes Shame and Sight in Ancient Rome
216
Mapping Penetrability in Late Republican and Early Imperial Rome
236
Looking at Looking Can You Resist a Reading?
265
Bibliography
297
Index
323
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David Fredrick is an associate professor in the Department of Foreign Languages at the University of Arkansas.

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