Intimate Commerce: Exchange, Gender, and Subjectivity in by Victoria Wohl

By Victoria Wohl

Exchanges of girls among males happen frequently in Greek tragedy—and typically with catastrophic effects. rather than cementing bonds among males, such exchanges rend them. they enable ladies, who may be silent items, to turn into large topics, whereas males frequently prove as useless corpses. yet why do the tragedies continually signify the transferal of ladies as disastrous?

Victoria Wohl deals an illuminating research of the trade of ladies in Sophocles' Trachiniae, Aeschylus' Agamemnon, and Euripides' Alcestis. She indicates how the makes an attempt of girls in those performs to turn into lively matters instead of passive items of alternate necessarily fail. whereas those mess ups appear to validate male hegemony, the women's activities, in spite of the fact that futile, blur the excellence among male topic and feminine item, calling into query the very nature of the tragic self. What the tragedies therefore current, Wohl asserts, is not just an confirmation of Athens' reigning ideologies (including its gender hierarchy) but in addition the potential for resistance to them and the mind's eye of alternatives.

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