Dangerous Voices

Women's Laments and Greek Literature

Author: Gail Holst-Warhaft

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134908083

Category: History

Page: 240

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In Dangerous Voices Holst-Warhaft investigates the power and meaning of the ancient lament, especially women's mourning of the dead, and sets out to discover why legislation was introduced to curb these laments in antiquity. An investigation of laments ranging from New Guinea to Greece suggests that this essentially female art form gave women considerable power over the rituals of death. The threat they posed to the Greek state caused them to be appropriated by male writers including the tragedians. Holst-Warhaft argues that the loss of the traditional lament in Greece and other countries not only deprives women of their traditional control over the rituals of death but leaves all mourners impoverished.

Rites of Passage in Ancient Greece

Literature, Religion, Society

Author: Mark William Padilla

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754184

Category: History

Page: 312

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The twelve essays in this volume of Bucknell Review treat the topic of rites of passage in ancient Greece, focusing largely on Athenian tragedy, but also Plato, the Greek novel, the festival of Anthesteria, and other topics.

Mourning Rituals in Archaic & Classical Greece and Pre-Qin China

Author: Xiaoqun Wu

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 981130632X

Category: Religion

Page: 106

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This pivot compares mourning rituals in Archaic & Classical Greece and Pre-Qin China to illustrate some of the principles and methods used in comparative studies. It focuses on three main aspects of mourning of the dead before burial — lamentation, mourners’ gestures and behaviors, and mourning apparel — to demonstrate the cultural function, purpose, and social influence of mourning. A key comparative study of rituals at the heart of both Western and Chinese culture, this text highlights the cultural function and social influence of rituals of two ancient peoples and will be of interest to all scholars of comparative religion, sociology and anthropology.

Born from Lament

The Theology and Politics of Hope in Africa

Author: Emmanuel Katongole

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 146744698X

Category: Religion

Page: 314

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There is no more urgent theological task than to provide an account of hope in Africa, given its endless cycles of violence, war, poverty, and displacement. So claims Emmanuel Katongole, an innovative theological voice from Africa. In the midst of suffering, Katongole says, hope takes the form of "arguing" and "wrestling" with God. Such lament is not merely a cry of pain—it is a way of mourning, protesting, and appealing to God. As he unpacks the rich theological and social dimensions of the practice of lament in Africa, Katongole tells the stories of courageous Christian activists working for change in East Africa and invites readers to enter into lament along with them.

A Companion to Sophocles

Author: Kirk Ormand

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1444356895

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 640

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A Companion to Sophocles presents the first comprehensive collection of essays in decades to address all aspects of the life, works, and critical reception of Sophocles. First collection of its kind to provide introductory essays to the fragments of his lost plays and to the remaining fragments of one satyr-play, the Ichneutae, in addition to each of his extant tragedies Features new essays on Sophoclean drama that go well beyond the current state of scholarship on Sophocles Presents readings that historicize Sophocles in relation to the social, cultural, and intellectual world of fifth century Athens Seeks to place later interpretations and adaptations of Sophocles in their historical context Includes essays dedicated to issues of gender and sexuality; significant moments in the history of interpreting Sophocles; and reception of Sophocles by both ancient and modern playwrights

Aeschylus, 2

The Persians, Seven Against Thebes, The Suppliants, Prometheus Bound

Author: Aeschylus

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812216714

Category: Drama

Page: 232

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"A boon for classicists and general readers alike. For the reader who comes to tragedy for the first time, these translations are eminently 'accessible,' and consummately American in tone and feeling. For the classicist, these versions constitute an ambitious reinterpretation of traditional masterpieces; after 2,500 years, the poetry of Euripides and Aeschylus has found a new voice—in fact, ten of them."—The Boston Book Review

Muhammad's Grave

Death Rites and the Making of Islamic Society

Author: Leor Halevi

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 0231511930

Category: Religion

Page: 416

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In his probing study of the role of death rites in the making of Islamic society, Leor Halevi imaginatively plays prescriptive texts against material culture and advances new ways of interpreting highly contested sources. His original research reveals that religious scholars of the early Islamic period produced codes of funerary law not only to define the handling of a Muslim corpse but also to transform everyday urban practices. Relying on oral traditions, these scholars established new social patterns in the cities of Arabia, Mesopotamia, and the eastern Mediterranean. They distinguished Islamic rites from Christian, Jewish, and Zoroastrian rites and changed the way men and women interacted publicly and privately. In each chapter Halevi explores a different layer of human interaction, following the movement of the corpse from the deathbed to the grave. In the process he analyzes the real and imaginary relationships between husbands and wives, prayer leaders and mourners, and even dreamers and the dead. He describes how Muslims wailed for the deceased, prepared corpses for burial, marched in funerary processions, and prayed for the dead, highlighting the specific economic and political factors involved in these rituals as well as key religious and sexual divisions. Offering a unique perspective on the making of Islamic social and religious ideals during this early period, Halevi forges a fascinating link between the development of funerary rites and the efforts of an emerging religion to carve out its own, distinct identity. Muhammad's Grave is a groundbreaking history of the rise of Islam and the roots of contemporary Muslim attitudes toward the body and society.

Contemporary Authors

Author: Gale Group

Publisher: Gale Cengage

ISBN: 9780787666972

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 448

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Your students and users will find biographical information on approximately 300 modern writers in this volume of Contemporary Authors® .

Desert Voices

Bedouin Women's Poetry in Saudi Arabia

Author: Moneera Al-Ghadeer

Publisher: Tauris Academic Studies

ISBN: N.A

Category: Poetry

Page: 246

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This work provides us with the first comparative reading of women's oral poetry from Saudi Arabia. The author examines women's lyrics of love, desire, mourning and grievance.

Women, Pain and Death

Rituals and Everyday Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond

Author: Evy Johanne Håland

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 239

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"Women, Pain and Death: Rituals and Everyday-Life on the Margins of Europe and Beyond" is a cross-cultural and multidisciplinary collection of articles representing different perspectives and topics related to the general theme Women and Death from different periods and parts of Europe, as well as the Middle East and Asia, i.e. areas where, through the ages, there have been a constant interaction and discourse between a variety of people, often with different ethnic backgrounds. The studies illustrate many parallels between the various societies and religious groupings, despite of many differences, both in time and space. The theme, death, is mostly seen from what have been regarded as the geographical margins of society as well as concerning the people involved: women. Thus, the articles, most of them presenting original material from areas which are not very known for English readers, offer new perspectives on the processes of cultural changes. The collection has important ramification for current research surrounding the shaping of a "European identity", the marketing of regional and national heritages. In connection with the present-day aim of connecting the various European heritages, and developing a vision of Europe and its constituent elements that is both global and rooted, the work has great relevance. One may also mention the new international initiative on intangible heritage, spearheaded by UNESCO.

Rediscovering the Muses

Women's Musical Traditions

Author: Kimberly Marshall

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781555532192

Category: Music

Page: 352

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This pioneering collection of essays by musicologists, ethnographers, classicists, and historians describes the lost and marginalized musical traditions of women of both non-Western and Western cultures.

Logos Into Mythos

The Case of Gorgias' Encomium of Helen

Author: Soteroula Constantinidou

Publisher: Kardamitsa Publications

ISBN: N.A

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 231

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