ISBN-10:
0521853184
ISBN-13:
9780521853187
Pub. Date:
02/28/2006
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens

Vase Painting, Gender, and Social Identity in Archaic Athens

by Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell

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Overview

This study explores the phenomenon of spectators in the Classical world through a database built from a census of the Corpus Vasorum Antiquorum, which reveals that spectator 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, Mark Stansbury-O'Donnell demonstrates 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521853187
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2006
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 6.97(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Mark D. Stansbury-O'Donnell is Professor of Art History at the University of St Thomas in St Paul, Minnesota. A scholar of Greek art, he is the author of Pictorial Narrative in Ancient Greek Art and has published articles on the painter Plygnotos and issues of narrative and methodology in the American Journal of Archaeology and several edited volumes.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsix
Acknowledgmentsxiii
1Seeing Spectators1
1.1Earlier Work on Spectators
1.2Approaching Spectators
2Defining Spectators12
2.1Definitions and Classification of Spectators
2.2Developing Data on Spectators
2.3CVA Census: Results and Analysis
2.4Beazley Archive Sample
2.5Discussion
3Vision and the Construction of Identity52
3.1Lacan and Psychoanalytic Theory
3.2Greek Theories of Vision
3.3A Model for Spectators, Narrative, and the Viewing Experience
3.4Discussion
4Ritual Performance, Spectators, and Identity89
4.1Ritual in Archaic Athens
4.2Ritual Theory
4.3Choral Performance in Archaic Greece
4.4Reflections of Ritual in Spectators
4.5Discussion
5Men and Youths: Gender and Social Identity128
5.1Gestures and Categorization
5.2Gestures among Adult Male Spectators
5.3Gestures among Youthful Male Spectators
5.4Reactions of Male Spectators to Events
5.5Discussion
6Women as Spectators: Gender and Social Identity187
6.1Gestures among Women Spectators
6.2The Reactions of Women Spectators to Specific Events
6.3Discussion
Conclusion230
Glossary235
Notes237
Appendix263
Bibliography297
Index311

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