Women on the Edge: Four Plays by Euripides (Paperback)
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Short Description for Women on the Edge Women on the Edge is an exciting exploration of women and their roles in the work of Euripides. The four of Euripides plays covered are Medea, Alcestis, Helen and Iphigenia at Aulis.
- Published: 07 January 1999
- Format: Paperback 512 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415907743 ISBN 10: 0415907748
- Sales rank: 1,296,488
Full description for Women on the Edge
Women on the Edge, a collection of Alcestis, Medea, Helen, and Iphegenia at Aulis, provides a broad sample of Euripides' plays focusing on women, and spans the chronology of his surviving works, from the earliest, to his last, incomplete, and posthumously produced masterpiece. Each play shows women in various roles--slave, unmarried girl, devoted wife, alienated wife, mother, daughter--providing a range of evidence about the kinds of meaning and effects the category woman conveyed in ancient Athens. The female protagonists in these plays test the boundaries--literal and conceptual--of their lives. Although women are often represented in tragedy as powerful and free in their thoughts, speech and actions, real Athenian women were apparently expected to live unseen and silent, under control of fathers and husbands, with little political or economic power. Women in tragedy often disrupt "normal" life by their words and actions: they speak out boldly, tell lies, cause public unrest, violate custom, defy orders, even kill. Female characters in tragedy take actions, and raise issues central to the plays in which they appear, sometimes in strong opposition to male characters. The four plays in this collection offer examples of women who support the status quo and women who oppose and disrupt it; sometimes these are the same characters.