21 Φεβρουαρίου 2019
|Αμφιθέατρο Cotsen Hall|
|19:00 - 20:30||
Bleeding Bodies, War, & Collective Trauma in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon
Female characters in Aeschylus’ Agamemnon are affected by war either by losing their kin (Clytemnestra) or by becoming themselves victims of war violence (Iphigeneia, Cassandra). Their experience engenders trauma, originating in physical wounds, inflicted upon the female body, and conveyed through conceits and language that prompt an association between the hemorrhage, caused by their bodily injuries, and the typical flow of blood associated with the female reproductive cycle (menstruation and lochia [“postpartum bleeding”]). Their deaths are further associated with the ritual bloodshed of animal sacrifice.
Associate Professor, Department of the Classics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign