The Experiences of Tiresias: Feminine and the Greek Man (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Experiences of Tiresias Exploring how the Ancient Greek male defined himself in relation to the feminine, this study draws upon ancient epics and philosophical thought to challenge the assumption that gender roles were clearly delineated. It shows how all experiences engaged both the masculine and the feminine.
- Published: 01 January 1998
- Format: Paperback 358 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780691017174 ISBN 10: 0691017174
Full description for The Experiences of Tiresias
In The Experiences of Tiresias, its title referring to the shepherd struck blind after glimpsing Athena's naked body, Nicole Loraux explores the ambivalence in how the Greek male defines himself in relationship to the feminine. In these essays, Loraux disturbs the idea of virile men and feminine women, a distinction found in official discourse and aimed at protecting the ideals of male identity from any taint of the feminine. Turning to epic and to Socrates, however, she insists on a logic of an inclusiveness between the genders, which casts a shadow over their clear, officially defined borders.