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Landscaping the body : anatomical-geographical bawdy in Aristophanes and Shakespeare, and politically incorrect humour

dc.contributor.authorPauw, F.en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-01T14:03:08Z
dc.date.available2015-12-01T14:03:08Z
dc.date.issued2014
dc.identifier.citationPauw, F. 2014. Landscaping the body: anatomical-geographical bawdy in Aristophanes and Shakespeare, and politically incorrect humour. Akroterion 59:1-28, doi: 10.7445/59-0-942.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn2079-2883 (online)
dc.identifier.issn0303-1896 (print)
dc.identifier.otherdoi: 10.7445/59-0-942
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/97657
dc.descriptionPlease cite as follows: Pauw, F. 2014. Landscaping the body: anatomical-geographical bawdy in Aristophanes and Shakespeare, and politically incorrect humour. Akroterion 59:1-28, doi: 10.7445/59-0-942.en_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://akroterion.journals.ac.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractIn this article two bawdy passages are compared. In Aristophanes’ Lysistrata, Athenian and Spartan negotiators, driven to a state of desperation by their women’s sex-strike, map out their respective sexo-territorial demands on the sexy body of the personified Reconciliation. In Shakespeare’s The comedy of errors, again, Dromio of Syracuse is trying to escape from the rotund kitchen maid Nell, who believes that he is her husband, Dromio of Ephesus. In both passages a woman’s body is imagined as a geopolitical entity to be mapped out by men. Thus, geographical allusions occur which ostensibly denote real contemporary geopolitical entities in 411 BC or AD 1592, but often connote allusions, some of them obscene, to female body parts. In taking issue with the interpretation that real women are debased by the depiction of fictional women in these passages, I base my arguments on (i) the underrated positive function of humour; (ii) the generic function of comedy; (iii) the illusionary nature of dramatic representation; (iv) the carnivalesque; and (v) the probable composition of the audience.en_ZA
dc.description.urihttp://akroterion.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/942en_ZA
dc.format.extent28 pagesen_ZA
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherStellenbosch University, Department of Ancient Studiesen_ZA
dc.subjectShakespeare, William, 1564-1616. Comedy of errors.en_ZA
dc.subjectAristophanes. Lysistrataen_ZA
dc.subjectHuman body in literatureen_ZA
dc.subjectWomen in literatureen_ZA
dc.titleLandscaping the body : anatomical-geographical bawdy in Aristophanes and Shakespeare, and politically incorrect humouren_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's versionen_ZA
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