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Feminine Discourse in Roman Comedy: On Echoes and Voices

Dorota M. Dutsch


Ancient scholiasts and modern scholars have long been aware of a specialized feminine vocabulary (terms of endearment, a special word for ‘please’, and interjections) used by the authors of Roman comedy. This study investigates the cultural implications of these linguistic choices for female characters. Lexical mannerisms are, it emerges, only one manifestation of a larger tendency to portray women as disregarding of interpersonal boundaries and moral principles in their attitudes towards others and themselves. Yet comedy also employs allegedly feminine features of speech as a way to undermine ... More

Keywords: actors, blanditia, chôra, Donatus, gender and Latin literature, meretrix, Plautus, Roman Comedy, self-pity, Terence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780199533381
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199533381.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dorota M. Dutsch, author
Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics, University of California, Santa Barbara
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