Deals and women's subjectivity in Euripides' "Alcestis" and "Medea"

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dc.contributor.author Mayes, Lauren
dc.date.accessioned 2010-08-30T20:40:37Z
dc.date.available 2010-08-30T20:40:37Z
dc.date.copyright 2010 en
dc.date.issued 2010-08-30T20:40:37Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1828/2996
dc.description.abstract Euripides’ Alcestis and Medea are plays about a woman of exemplary virtue and a woman of horrible vice, respectively. This thesis examines how both heroines have a subjectivity that is destructive because they are female, and which is expressed by making deals with men. Women’s deal-making is dangerous because it conflicts with a system of exchange exclusive to men, in which women function as objects of exchange which solidify men’s homosocial bonds. Alcestis’ and Medea’s deals with men disrupt these bonds. Alcestis’ dangerous subjectivity is contained when she is made the passive object of exchange between men, while in Medea’s case, the absence of deals between men allows the uncontained effect of her deal-making to destroy her family and community. Comparison of the plays shows that the suppression of women’s deal-making, and not the benign or malicious intent of the deal-maker, is crucial to the happy resolution of the play. en
dc.language English eng
dc.language.iso en en
dc.rights Available to the World Wide Web en
dc.subject Euripides en
dc.subject Alcestis en
dc.subject Medea en
dc.subject women en
dc.subject gender en
dc.subject exchange en
dc.subject.lcsh UVic Subject Index::Humanities and Social Sciences::Literature::Classical literature en
dc.title Deals and women's subjectivity in Euripides' "Alcestis" and "Medea" en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.contributor.supervisor Bowman, Laurel
dc.degree.department Dept. of Greek and Roman Studies en
dc.degree.level Master of Arts M.A. en

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