MAPPING WOMEN’S BODIES AND THE MALE ‘GAZE’: RECONCILIATION IN ARISTOPHANES’ LYSISTRATA

M Lambert

Abstract


This article returns to the debate centred around feminist readings of
Aristophanes’ Lysistrata (recently aired in Akroterion by Pauw
2014) and of the Reconciliation scene, in particular, in which the
terms of the peace treaty between Sparta and Athens are mapped by
the male ambassadors on the naked and mute body of a woman,
whose body is actually that of a male actor. Problems raised by
contemporary theories of the male gaze, as applied to the Athenian
theatre, and the possibly pornographic dismemberment and
commodification of the female body are explored in relation both to
Athenian constructs of sex, gender and sexuality in the 5th century
BC, and to reception of the text and play by multi-cultural audiences
and readers in contemporary South Africa.

Keywords


bodies; comedy; drag; gender; nudity; performativity; sex; sexuality; visuality; women

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/63-0-993

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