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Exchange and the Maiden By Kirk Ormand

Exchange and the Maiden by Kirk Ormand

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Presents insights into how Athenians thought about the institution of marriage, gleaned from the plays of Sophocles.

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Exchange and the Maiden: Marriage in Sophoclean Tragedy by Kirk Ormand

Marriage is a central concern in five of the seven extant plays of the Greek tragedian Sophocles. In this pathfinding study, Kirk Ormand delves into the ways in which these plays represent and problematize marriage, thus offering insights into how Athenians thought about the institution of marriage.

Ormand takes a two-fold approach. He first explores the legal and economic underpinnings of Athenian marriage, an institution designed to guarantee the legitimate continuation of patrilineal households. He then shows how Sophocles' plays Trachiniae, Electra, Antigone, Ajax, and Oedipus Tyrannus both reinforce and critique this ideology by representing marriage as a homosocial exchange between men, in which women are objects who may attempt-but always fail-to become self-acting subjects.

These fresh readings provide the first systematic study of marriage in Sophocles. They draw important connections between drama and marriage as rituals concerned with controlling potentially disruptive female subjectivities.

About Kirk Ormand

Kirk Ormand is a professor of classics at Oberlin College. His books include Exchange and the Maiden: Marriage in Sophoclean Tragedy and Ancient Sex: New Essays.

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Journals and Their Abbreviations
  • Introduction. Marriage and Tragedy
  • Chapter 1. The Semantics of Greek Marriage
  • Chapter 2. Male Homosocial Desire in the Trachiniae
  • Chapter 3. Electra, Never a Bride
  • Chapter 4. Family Matters in the Antigone
  • Chapter 5. The Ajax, or Marriage by Default
  • Chapter 6. Nature and Its Discontents in the Oedipus Tyrannus
  • Epilogue. Exit to Silence
  • Notes
  • Bibliography
  • General Index
  • Index of Passages Cited

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Exchange and the Maiden: Marriage in Sophoclean Tragedy by Kirk Ormand
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University of Texas Press
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