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1 Misogynist Feminism? Aristophanes’ Ladies’ Day

2 Quote “There is no gender identity behind the expressions of gender; that identity is performatively constituted by the very ‘expressions’ that are said to be its results” (Butler Gender Trouble)

3 Does Ladies’ Day deconstruct or affirm “identities”/stereotypes? - QUESTION -

4 Agenda Ladies’ Day The Basics Misogynist Feminism? Social Critique in Ladies’ Day Discussion What’s Being “Performed”: Ideology of or Subversion of Identity? Aristophanes Ladies Day4

5 Ladies Day The Basics

6 Thesmophoriazusae: Play Facts Title “Women Celebrating the Thesmophoria” Produced spring 411 BCE Premise eur finds out plays anger women women’s “assembly” to punish him Parody / allusion Euripides’ Palamedes Helen Telephus Andromeda Aristophanes Ladies Day6

7 Aristophanes’ Ladies’ Day Mnesilochus (right), his disguise revealed, is about to “slay” wine skin (south Italian vase, ca BCE)

8 Setting, Occasion Occasion Thesmophoria (fall) Goddesses Demeter Kore-Persephone Celebrants Freeborn, respectable women Venue Thesmophorion Activities Business Withy bedding anti-aphrodisiac Three-day sequence “Ascent” “Fasting” (+ ground-sitting) “Celebrating” - unearthing genitalia cakes piglet sacrifice snake models Aristophanes Ladies Day8

9 Misogynist Feminism? Social Critique in Ladies’ Day

10 Discussion: Gender Stereotypes FemaleMale Aristophanes Ladies Day10

11 Feminist Aristophanes? “If the men are to be believed, we are a plague to them; …. But if we are truly such a pest, why marry us? Why forbid us to go out or show ourselves at the window? … “Come, let us compare them in detail, each individual man with a woman. Charminus is not equal to Nausimakhē, that’s certain. Cleophon is in every respect inferior to Salabakkhō. It’s a long time now since any of you has dared to contest the prize with Aristomakhē, the heroine of Marathon, or with Stratonikē. Among the last year’s Councilors, who have just yielded their office to other citizens, is there one who equals Euboulē? Not even Anytus would say that. Therefore we maintain that men are greatly our inferiors.” (Thesmophoriazusae lines 788 ff. ≈ p. 299 ff Fitts) names…

12 What’s in a Name? Nausimakhē Salabakkhō Aristomakhē Stratonikē Euboulē “Warrior-Woman-at-Sea” “Party Girl” (a hetaira) “Noble-Warrior-Woman” ( heroine of Marathon) “Army-Victorious” “Wise Councilor-Woman” (superior to male councilors) Aristophanes Ladies Day12

13 Discussion What’s Being “Performed”: Ideology of or Subversion of Identity?


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