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Women of Substance in Homeric Epic: Objects, Gender, Agency

Lilah Grace Canevaro


Women in Greek epic are treated as objects, as commodities to be exchanged in marriage or as the spoils of warfare. However, women also use objects to negotiate their own agency, subverting the male viewpoint by using the very form they themselves are thought by men to embody. Female objects in Homer can be symbolically significant and powerfully characterizing. They can be tools of recognition and identification. They can pause narrative and be used agonistically. They can send messages and be vessels for memory. This book brings together Gender Theory and the burgeoning field of New Material ... More

Keywords: Homeric Epic, New Materialism, Gender Theory, object, agency, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198826309
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198826309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lilah Grace Canevaro, author
Lecturer in Greek, University of Edinburgh