- Black Athena Writes Back: Martin Bernal Responds to His CriticsBy Martin BernalEdited by David Chioni Moore
This book is Bernal’s response to criticisms to his 1987 book, BLACK ATHENA, which argued for an Afro-Asiatic origin for Greek civilization.Book | Published in 2001DOI: 10.1215/9780822380078ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-2717-2ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-2706-6ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8007-8Martin BernalDavid Chioni Moore
- The Cultural Turn in Late Ancient Studies: Gender, Asceticism, and HistoriographyBy Philip RousseauEdited by Dale B. Martin and Patricia Cox Miller
Collection of essays that focuses on questions of gender and culture in early Christianity.Book | Published in 2005DOI: 10.1215/9780822386681ISBN (paper): 978-0-8223-3422-4ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-3411-8ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8668-1Dale B. MartinPatricia Cox MillerPhilip RousseauMaureen A. TilleySusan Ashbrook Harvey
- Euripides and the Poetics of Sorrow: Art, Gender, and Commemoration in Alcestis, Hippolytus, and HecubaBy Charles Segal
Where is the pleasure in tragedy? This question, how suffering and sorrow become the stuff of aesthetic delight, is at the center of Charles Segal's new book, which collects and expands his recent explorations of Euripides' art.
Alcestis, Hippolytus, and Hecuba, the three early plays interpreted here, are linked by common themes of violence, death, lamentation and mourning, and by their implicit definitions of male and female roles. Segal shows how these plays draw on ancient traditions of poetic and ritual commemoration, particularly epic song, and at the same time refashion these traditions into new forms. In place of the epic muse of martial glory, Euripides, Segal argues, evokes a muse of sorrows who transforms the suffering of individuals into a "common grief for all the citizens," a community of shared feeling in the theater.
Like his predecessors in tragedy, Euripides believes death, more than any other event, exposes the deepest truth of human nature. Segal examines the revealing final moments in Alcestis, Hippolytus, and Hecuba, and discusses the playwright's use of these deaths--especially those of women--to question traditional values and the familiar definitions of male heroism. Focusing on gender, the affective dimension of tragedy, and ritual mourning and commemoration, Segal develops and extends his earlier work on Greek drama. The result deepens our understanding of Euripides' art and of tragedy itself.Book | Published in 1993DOI: 10.1215/9780822381792ISBN (cloth): 978-0-8223-1360-1ISBN (electronic): 978-0-8223-8179-2Charles Segal
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