What Painted Ladies Do: Representations of female agency in Attic black-figure vase-painting

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dc.contributor.author Mackay, Elizabeth en
dc.coverage.spatial Massey University, Palmerston North en
dc.date.accessioned 2015-02-17T02:40:49Z en
dc.date.issued 2014-01-28 en
dc.identifier.citation 35th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Classical Studies, Massey University, Palmerston North, 27 Jan 2014 - 30 Jan 2014. 28 Jan 2014 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2292/24549 en
dc.description.abstract While there have been quite a few specialised studies of depictions of women on Attic vases in the past quarter-century (from Harvey 1988 to gender-studies publications by scholars such as Rabinowitz and Blundell in the last decade) these have focused in large part on Attic red-figure vases of the 5th century, where the depictions can seem comparatively accessible to modern interpretation. The women represented on archaic black-figure vases, by contrast, are difficult to interpret, not least because few of them are iconographically identified. Furthermore, black-figure vase-painting is strongly traditional in its nature, so that it tends to use what may be termed a ‘restricted code’ (in contrast to the much more flexible ‘elaborated code’ of classical red-figure painting) that can limit interpretative response. In this paper, a selection of black-figure scenes featuring women in active roles will be discussed, with due attention to how their meaning should be (re-)constructed in the context of the black-figure tradition. This will lead to the recognition that in the vase-painting of archaic Athens as preserved, images of women on the whole represent polarised extremes: either they directly affirm (male) societal expectations of women’s roles, or they reinforce those expectations through alterity expressed in mythological contexts. en
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dc.title What Painted Ladies Do: Representations of female agency in Attic black-figure vase-painting en
dc.type Conference Item en
dc.description.version Abstract en
pubs.finish-date 2014-01-30 en
pubs.start-date 2014-01-27 en
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype Conference Paper en
pubs.elements-id 459805 en
pubs.org-id Arts en
pubs.org-id Humanities en
pubs.org-id Classics & Ancient History en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2014-11-03 en

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