Performing Gender in Ancient Greece
General Catalog Course Title:
Performance Literatures
Terms Offered:
Spring 2013

In this course, we will explore ancient Greek notions and practices concerning gender difference, sexuality, and social identity, with a particular focus on the modes of public performance in and through which these notions and practices were represented. Through an examination of the religious ceremonies (including festivals and rites of passage), military and athletic trainings, musical, choral, dramatic, and rhetorical performances, and courtship customs (both homo- and hetero-sexual), as well as the emergent institution of the “school” itself, we will try to assess the various ways in which male and female identities were imagined, formed, reinforced, represented, taught, and institutionalized during the Archaic and Classical periods (roughly 800 BCE – 200 CE).

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