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Women and the comic plot in Menander

Author: Ariana Traill
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2008.
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"Taking a fresh look at mistaken identity in the work of an author who helped to introduce the device to comedy, Professor Traill shows how the outrageous mistakes many male characters in Menander make about women are grounded in their own emotional needs. The core of the argument derives from analysis of speeches by or about women, with particular attention to the language used to articulate problems of knowledge  Read more...
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Named Person: Menander, of Athens; Menander, of Athens; Menander.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ariana Traill
ISBN: 9780521882262 0521882265
OCLC Number: 187417740
Description: x, 301 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Those obscure objects of desire; 2. Misperception of sStatus; 3. Misperception of character; 4. Informing the audience; 5. The women of the Epitrepontes; 6. Why women?
Responsibility: Ariana Traill.
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This book takes a fresh look at mistaken identity in the work of the Greek playwright Menander.  Read more...

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