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Author Henderson, Jeffrey, 1946-

Title The maculate muse : obscene language in Attic comedy / Jeffrey Henderson
Edition 2nd ed
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1991


Description 1 online resource (xvi, 267 pages)
Contents Obscene Language and the Development of Attic Comedy -- Varieties of Obscene Expression: An Overview -- The Dramatic Function of Obscenity in the Plays of Aristophanes -- The Sexual Organs -- The Male Organs -- Proper and Euphemistic Words -- Agricultural Terminology -- Phallic Implements -- Testicles -- Animals -- The Female Organs -- Euphemistic Terminology -- Agricultural Terminology -- Gates and Passageways -- Rings and Circles -- Holes, Pits, and Hollows -- Sea Animals -- Cookery -- Foods -- Secreta Muliebria -- Birds -- Split or Crack -- Proper Names -- Other Erogenous Bodily Parts -- Sexual Congress -- Euphemistic Expressions -- Nautical Terminology -- Agricultural Terminology -- Metaphors from Sport -- Hitting and Piercing -- Burning -- [characters not reproducible] -- Kissing -- Fellatio -- Cunnilingus -- Scatological Humor -- Xezein -- Scatophagy and Related Humor -- Urination -- [characters not reproducible] -- The Hindquarters -- Homosexuality -- Pathics -- Pathic [characters not reproducible] -- Active Pederasty -- Effeminacy -- Autoerotic Behavior
Summary "The pervasive and unrestrained use of obscenity has long been acknowledged as a major feature of fifth-century Attic Comedy. This acclaimed book, now in a new edition, offers both a comprehensive discussion of the dynamics of Greek obscenity and a detailed commentary on the terminology itself. After contrasting the Greek notion of obscenity with modern-day ideas, Henderson discusses obscenity's role in the development of Attic Comedy, its historical origins, varieties, and dramatic function. His analysis of obscene terminology sheds new light on Greek culture. Book jacket."--Jacket
Analysis Greek drama
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-239) and indexes
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Subject Greek drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism
Obscene words in literature
Greek language -- Obscene words
Scatology in literature.
Sex in literature.
Sex -- Terminology
Sex (Biology)
sex (biological characteristic)
18.43 ancient Greek literature.
DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
Greek drama (Comedy)
Greek language -- Obscene words
Scatology in literature
Sex in literature
Obscene words in literature
Attic Greek.
Teatro Grego.
Greek drama (Comedy) -- History and criticism.
Greek language -- Semantics.
Sex customs -- Greece -- Terminology.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780198023128