Description - Love among the Ruins by Victoria Wohl
Classical Athenian literature often speaks of democratic politics in sexual terms. Citizens are urged to become lovers of the polis, and politicians claim to be lovers of the people. Victoria Wohl argues that this was no dead metaphor. Exploring the intersection between eros and politics in democratic Athens, Wohl traces the private desires aroused by public ideology and the political consequences of citizens' most intimate longings. "Love Among the Ruins" analyzes the civic fantasies that lay beneath (but not necessarily parallel to) Athens's political ideology. It shows how desire can disrupt politics and provides a deeper - at times disturbing - insight into the democratic unconscious of ancient Athens. The Athenians imagined the perfect citizen as a noble and manly lover. But this icon conceals a multitude of other possible figures: sexy tyrants, potent pathics, and seductive perverts. Through critical re-readings of canonical texts, Wohl investigates these fantasies, which seem so antithetical to Athens's manifest ideals.
She examines the interrelation of patriotism and narcissism, the trope of politics as prostitution, the elite suspicion of political pleasure, and the status
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(235mm x 152mm x mm)
Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
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Author Biography - Victoria Wohl
Victoria Wohl is Assistant Professor of Classics at Ohio State University. She is the author of "Intimate Commerce: Exchange, Gender, and Subjectivity in Greek Tragedy".