Performance and Gender in Ancient Greece

Stehle, Eva

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"Like love, Greek poetry was not for hereafter," writes Eva Stehle, "but shared in the present mirth and laughter of festival, ceremony, and party." Describing how men and women, young and adult, sang or recited in public settings, Stehle treats poetry as an occasion for the performer's self-presentation. She discusses a wide range of pre-Hellenistic poetry, including Sappho's, compares how men and women speak about themselves, and constructs an innovative approach to performance that illuminates gender ideology. After considering the audience and the function of different modes of performance--community, bardic, and closed groups--Stehle explores this poetry as gendered speech, which interacts with performers' bodily presence to create social identities for the speakers. Texts for female choral performers reveal how women in public spoke in order to disavow the power of their speech and their sexual power. Male performers, however, could manipulate gender as an ideological system: they sometimes claimed female identity in addition to male, associated themselves with triumph over a defeated (mythical) female figure, or asserted their disconnection from women, thereby creating idealized social identities for themselves. A final chapter concentrates on the written poetry of Sappho, which borrows the communicative strategy of writing in order to create a fictional speaker distinct from the singer, a "Sappho" whom others could re-create in imagination.

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Title: Performance and Gender in Ancient Greece
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication Date: 1996
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Book Description Condition: Antiquarian. Princeton University Press, Princeton, 1996. XV,367p. Original grey cloth with dust wrps. Spine gilt titled. Nice copy. ?The book consists of six chapters with an introduction and a brief conclusion. The introduction opens with six ancient reports about performances, some of which touch upon the staging or self-presentation of the performers. This self-presentation can encompass many characteristics, including the performers? physical fitness, social status, wealth, or gender. Stehle argues that the latter was considered particularly important in antiquity and is nowadays most easily detetable, because it is reflected in the language of the texts. (? ) Sthele recognizes three types of performances in early Greece to which she relates the three major genres of poetry: (1) community performances (chapters 1-3), reflected mostly in choral poetry, (2) performances by bards of hexameter poetry (chapter 4), and (3) symposia (chapter 5), where most monodic lyric together with elegy and iambos was performed. Chapter 6 is devoted to Sappho, whose love poetry, Stehle argues, ? was designed to escape the tyranny of the performance culture? (323). Another important concept discussed in the introduction is that of ? psychological efficacy? (19-21). This relates to the effect a performance is supposed to have on the audience, besides entertainment. (?) There is much to recommend in this book, including the felicitous combination of performance and gender studies and the wide range of texts discussed. However, the right methodology and right material do not necessarily yield a right interpretation. I was more convinced by the chapters on male poetry (3-5) than by those on female poetry. (?) Despite these disagreements, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in archaic Greek poetry, performance, or gender studies. Even in the chapters on women?s poetry there are many valuable insights, such as Stehle?s reconstruction of the ritual in Alkman fr.1 (pp.79-85). She prints most of the poems she discusses, with translation, so that one can easily read the book by itself. The book is well written, clearly argued, and illustrates well how new methodologies can continue to shed light on these ancient texts.? (ANDRÉ LARDINOIS in American Journal of Philology, 1998, pp.633-36). From the library of Prof. Carl Deroux. Antiquarian. Seller Inventory # 47948

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