Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens

Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens

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Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell
Cambridge University Press
Edition: Reprint, 5/5/2013
EAN 9781107662803, ISBN10: 110766280X

Paperback, 327 pages, 25.3 x 17.7 x 1.5 cm
Language: English

Spectators at the sides of narrative vase paintings have long been at the margins of scholarship, but a study of their appearance shows that they provide a model for the ancient viewing experience. They also reflect social and gender roles in archaic Athens. This study explores the phenomenon of spectators through a database built from a census of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, which reveals that the figures flourished in Athenian vase painting during the last two-thirds of the sixth century BCE. Using models developed from psychoanalysis and the theory of the gaze, ritual studies, and gender studies, Stansbury-O'Donnell shows how these 'spectators' emerge as models for social and gender identification in the archaic city, encoding in their gestures and behavior archaic attitudes about gender and status.

1. Seeing spectators
2. Defining spectators
3. Vision and the construction of identity
4. Ritual performance, spectators, and identity
5. Men and youths
gender and social identity
6. Women as spectators
gender and social identity.