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The Resource Siren songs : gender, audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey, Lillian Eileen Doherty

Siren songs : gender, audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey, Lillian Eileen Doherty

Label
Siren songs : gender, audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey
Title
Siren songs
Title remainder
gender, audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey
Statement of responsibility
Lillian Eileen Doherty
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Odysseus is famous for resisting the appeal of the Sirens, but does the Odyssey itself exert a seductive influence on its female audiences? Doherty argues that it does, especially by contrasting its female characters in the roles of listener and storyteller. Odysseus courts and rewards supportive female characters like Arete and Penelope by treating them as privileged members of the audience for his own tale of his adventures. At the same time, dangerous female narrators - who, like Helen or the Sirens, threaten to disrupt or revise the hero's story - are discredited by the narrative framework in which their stories appear." "In a synthesis of audience-oriented and narratological approaches, Doherty examines the relationships among three kinds of audiences: internal, implied, and actual. Internal audiences are made up of characters in the work itself. The Odyssey, rich in storytelling episodes, uses such characters to build patterns of audience response, which in turn allow us to sketch an implied or model audience for the epic as a whole. But while this implied audience includes females as well as males, the epic addresses the two genders differently. Males are addressed as a group of peers, while females are addressed as individuals whose most important ties are to individual males. Like the hero, the epic woos the individual female reader by inviting her to identify with the faithful Penelope. Actual audiences, composed of historical individuals, are not compelled to accept the response the epic models for them; but when the model corresponds to gender roles in a reader's own culture, there may be unconscious incentives to accept it." "Siren Songs contributes to the growing body of feminist work in the fields of classics and literary criticism while making the fruits of research available to a nonspecialist audience. All Greek is translated and critical terminology is clearly defined. The book will be especially useful to those who study and teach the Odyssey at the college level and above, whether in English, comparative literature, classics, or general humanities courses."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1952-
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Doherty, Lillian Eileen
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Epic poetry, Greek
  • Narration (Rhetoric)
  • Odysseus (Greek mythology) in literature
  • Man-woman relationships in literature
  • Feminism and literature
  • Gender identity in literature
  • Women and literature
  • Authors and readers
  • Reader-response criticism
  • Sex role in literature
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
  • Homer
  • Odysseus
  • Homère
  • Homère / Odyssée
Label
Siren songs : gender, audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey, Lillian Eileen Doherty
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Metis and the Contest for Meaning.
  • p. 1
  • Introduction: On Reading the Odyssey.
  • p. 9
  • 1.
  • Actual Audiences: Contemporary Critics and the "Penelope Question".
  • p. 31
  • 2.
  • Internal Audiences.
  • p. 65
  • 3.
  • Implied Audiences.
  • p. 87
  • 4.
  • Internal Narrators, Female and Male.
  • p. 127
  • 5.
  • Narrative Hierarchy.
  • p. 161
  • 6.
  • Active Audience.
  • p. 179
  • Appendix: Types of Formal Redundancy Found in the Odyssey.
  • p. 195
  • Works Cited.
  • p. 201
  • Index.
  • p. 209
Control code
ocm32548262
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 220 p.
Isbn
9780472105977
Lccn
95019532
Label
Siren songs : gender, audiences, and narrators in the Odyssey, Lillian Eileen Doherty
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • Metis and the Contest for Meaning.
  • p. 1
  • Introduction: On Reading the Odyssey.
  • p. 9
  • 1.
  • Actual Audiences: Contemporary Critics and the "Penelope Question".
  • p. 31
  • 2.
  • Internal Audiences.
  • p. 65
  • 3.
  • Implied Audiences.
  • p. 87
  • 4.
  • Internal Narrators, Female and Male.
  • p. 127
  • 5.
  • Narrative Hierarchy.
  • p. 161
  • 6.
  • Active Audience.
  • p. 179
  • Appendix: Types of Formal Redundancy Found in the Odyssey.
  • p. 195
  • Works Cited.
  • p. 201
  • Index.
  • p. 209
Control code
ocm32548262
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
viii, 220 p.
Isbn
9780472105977
Lccn
95019532

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