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WOMEN'S SPACE AND WINGLESS WORDS IN THE ODYSSEY

Judith Fletcher
Phoenix
Vol. 62, No. 1/2 (Spring-Summer/printemps-été 2008), pp. 77-91
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25651698
Page Count: 15
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Abstract

The ideals of female chastity and the anxieties about women's language are mapped out spatially in the "Odyssey" over a series of formulaic episodes in which women are silenced and sent to interior spaces of the house where they work wool. This paper explores the association of the old nurse Eurycleia with doors, an association that helps to define the conceptual relationships between speech, space, and gender. Les idéaux de la chasteté féminine et les angoisses générés par le langage des femmes sont détaillés dans l'"Odyssée" grâce à une suite de passages formulaires dans lesquels les femmes sont réduites au silence et renvoyées aux pièces intérieures de la maison destinées au travail de la laine. Cet article explore l'association entre la vieille nourrice Euryclée et les portes, un lien qui aide à la définition des relations conceptuelles entre parole, espace et genre.

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