By Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger

ISBN-10: 0292771134

ISBN-13: 9780292771130

ISBN-10: 0292798164

ISBN-13: 9780292798168

Women's and men's worlds have been principally separate in old Mediterranean societies, and, as a result, many women's private own relationships have been with different girls. but fairly little scholarly or renowned consciousness has desirous about women's relationships in antiquity, unlike fresh curiosity within the relationships among males in historic Greece and Rome. The essays during this publication search to shut this hole via exploring a wide selection of textual and archaeological proof for women's homosocial and homoerotic relationships from prehistoric Greece to fifth-century CE Egypt. Drawing on advancements in feminist conception, homosexual and lesbian stories, and queer thought, in addition to conventional textual and artwork old tools, the participants to this quantity learn representations of women's lives with different ladies, their friendships, and sexual subjectivity. They current new interpretations of the facts provided by means of the literary works of Sappho, Ovid, and Lucian; Bronze Age frescoes and Greek vase portray, funerary reliefs, and different creative representations; and Egyptian felony records. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz is Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton collage, the place she additionally coordinates the Kirkland undertaking for the research of Gender, Society, and tradition. Lisa Auanger is an editor of the Bibliography of the background of artwork on the Getty study Institute.

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Bohn, 1858) 11; Jenkyns, Victorians esp. 145 –150. , Black Athena Revisited (Chapel Hill: U of North Carolina P, 1996) 272, connects the German belief that they were spiritually close to the Greeks to a systematic “historical revision . . ” 23. ” Jenkyns, Victorians 3. 24. Michael Herzfeld, “Within and Without: The Category of ‘Female’ in the Ethnography of Modern Greece,” in Gender and Power in Rural Greece, ed. Jill Dubisch (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986) 215 – 233. 25. On the relation of gender to colonialism, see Leila Ahmed, Women and Gender in Islam (New Haven: Yale UP, 1992) esp.

Naked Truths, ed. Koloski-Ostrow and Lyons, is an exception in its emphasis on women. Earlier scholarly work on sex in antiquity, mostly about men, includes Hans Licht (P. Brandt), Sexual Life in Ancient Greece, trans. J. H. Freese (London: Abbey Library, 1932); Robert Flacelière, Love in Ancient Greece, trans. James Cleugh (New York: Crown, 1962); Pierre Grimal, L’Amour à Rome (Paris: Hachette, 1963); Gaston Vorberg, Glossarium Eroticum (Hanau: Verlag Müller and Kleipenheuer, 1965). Kenneth Dover, Greek Homosexuality (New York: Vintage, 1978), did groundbreaking work on male homosexuality and included a chapter on women; see also Félix Buffière, Eros adolescent: la pédérastie dans la Grèce antique (Paris: Belles Lettres, 1980).

85 The fissures have widened since Rubin made her statement, however, and there now seems to be a polarity between women’s studies and gay/lesbian studies on the one hand, and queer theory on the other. 86 Much of queer theory seeks to displace and decenter heteronormativity. ), there is not a direct lineage from feminist theory to queer theory, via gay and lesbian studies. Rather, the terrain is contested. This history yields different definitions of female homoeroticism and suggests different lines of inquiry when we turn back to the ancient material.

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