Among Women: From the Homosocial to the Homoerotic in the by Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger

Women In History

By Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, Lisa Auanger

Women's and men's worlds have been principally separate in old Mediterranean societies, and, consequently, many women's private own relationships have been with different ladies. but rather little scholarly or well known realization has fascinated by women's relationships in antiquity, unlike fresh curiosity within the relationships among males in historical Greece and Rome. The essays during this publication search to shut this hole by means of exploring a large choice of textual and archaeological facts for women's homosocial and homoerotic relationships from prehistoric Greece to fifth-century CE Egypt. Drawing on advancements in feminist concept, homosexual and lesbian reviews, and queer concept, in addition to conventional textual and artwork ancient equipment, the members 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 files. Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz is Margaret Bundy Scott Professor of Comparative Literature at Hamilton university, the place she additionally coordinates the Kirkland venture for the research of Gender, Society, and tradition. Lisa Auanger is an editor of the Bibliography of the heritage of paintings on the Getty learn Institute.

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In Pintabone’s view female-female passion emerges 22 • A m o n g Wo m e n in the story as egalitarian but impossible to maintain. Though Ovid as narrator never denounces the love of woman for woman, in the end, Pintabone finds that the narrative reinforces stereotypes of sex/gender and the structure of patriarchy. Shelley P. ,” takes up Lucian’s (a second-century ce Roman author from Syria, writing in Greek) Dialogue of the Courtesans 5. Haley’s essay crosses geographical, gender, and theoretical boundaries.

As Rabinowitz points out, most claims about women on Greek vases are the result of assumptions and can be contested. Her essay analyzes the evidence for erotic ties between women in several homosocial settings, for instance, home, dance, wedding, and bath. The relations that can be glimpsed, Rabinowitz argues, cannot be securely interpreted either through the lens of male pederastic forms of sexuality or through the lens of heterosexuality, but a bifocal combination of the two can provide some guidance in how to read the images of women with women.

Winkler, The Constraints of Desire: The Anthropology of Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece (New York: Routledge, 1990), touches on both male and female experiences. 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).

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