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Download e-book for iPad: Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient by Karen Bassi

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By Karen Bassi

ISBN-10: 0472106252

ISBN-13: 9780472106257

"Greek drama calls for a narrative of origins," writes Karen Bassi in Acting Like Men. leaving behind the quest for ritual and local origins of Greek drama, Bassi argues for a extra secular and not more formalist method of the emergence of theater in historic Greece. Bassi takes a vast view of Greek drama as a cultural phenomenon, and he or she discusses a large choice of texts and artifacts that come with epic poetry, historic narrative, philosophical treatises, visible media, and the dramatic texts themselves.
In her dialogue of theaterlike practices and reviews, Bassi proposes new conceptual different types for knowing Greek drama as a cultural establishment, viewing theatrical functionality as a part of what Foucault has known as a discursive formation. Bassi additionally presents a major new research of gender in Greek tradition at huge and in Athenian civic ideology specifically, the place spectatorship on the civic theater used to be a distinguishing characteristic of citizenship, and the place citizenship used to be denied women.
Acting Like Men comprises specific discussions of message-sending as a sort of scripted speech within the Iliad, of conceal and the theatrical physique of Odysseus within the Odyssey, of tyranny as a theaterlike phenomenon within the narratives of Herodotus, and of Dionysus because the tyrannical and effeminate god of the theater in Euripides' Bacchae and Aristophanes' Frogs. Bassi concludes that the validity of an idealized masculine id in Greek and Athenian tradition is very contested within the theater, where--in principle--citizens develop into passive spectators. Thereafter the writer considers Athenian theater and Athenian democracy as collectively reinforcing mimetic regimes.
Acting Like Men will curiosity these attracted to the background of the theater, functionality concept, gender and cultural experiences, and feminist techniques to historical texts.
Karen Bassi is affiliate Professor of Classics, college of California, Santa Cruz.

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20 Acting Like Men excellence (605a2), pleases a multitude of spectators by treating them to imitations and impersonations of every sort. External bodily dispositions and behaviors are clearly the focus of Socrates' critique of imitation or impersonation, in particular of the sorts of human dispositions and behaviors that good men, in their roles as good citizens, must avoid impersonating. Thus Plato's discussion corroborates what I have suggested earlier, namely, that visualization must precede impersonation.

Second, it suggests that the visual corporeality of the tragic genreepitomized in the Oedipus plot-is somehow dangerous for the spectator. If there is a critique of bodily acts and impersonations in the Poetics, here is its founding principle. But what is the meaning of this critique? Like Plato's political regimen, Aristotle's therapeutic regimen works to subsume dramatized performance as a spectacle of bodily heterogeneity under a dominant discourse of invisible and essential dispositions and feelings.

43 Thus, for example, in his much quoted 1975 book The Actor's Freedom: Toward a Theory of Drama, Michael Goldman suggests that "the covert theme of all drama is identification, the establishment of a self that in some way transcends the confusions of the self" (122-24). Like Aristotle and Freud, Goldman offers up a therapeutic regimen that would guarantee an essential and inner selfhood, even godhood. " Identification is thus naturalized and valorized as a unifying "mechanism" by which the actor, the spectator, and the character occupy undifferentiated 41.

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