Poetics, perversions, and passing: approaching the transgender narratives of Thesmophoriazousai

Ruffell, I. (2020) Poetics, perversions, and passing: approaching the transgender narratives of Thesmophoriazousai. Illinois Classical Studies, 45(2), pp. 333-367. (doi: 10.5406/illiclasstud.45.2.0333)

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Aristophanes’s Thesmophoriazousai offers a complex engagement with transgender identity and practice. It explores up to seven different transgendered modes through a variety of motivations and audience response. While embracing fictional/dramatic performance, these modes are best understood within the larger social and cultural framework that the play directly and indirectly suggests. Perched, like much Old Comedy, on the horns of social conservatism and conceptual flexibility, but also acknowledging a broad transgender continuum, the play’s creative tension allows for it to be recuperated and re-used by queer audiences and readers.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ruffell, Professor Isabel
Authors: Ruffell, I.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Journal Name:Illinois Classical Studies
Journal Abbr.:ICS
Publisher:University of Illinois Press
ISSN (Online):2328-5265
Published Online:10 November 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 the Board og Trustees of the University of Illinois
First Published:First published in Illinois Classical Studies 45(2): 333-367
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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