Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

June 1, 2013

ART: Eunuchus

Author: David M. Christenson
Title: Eunuchus
Subtitle: -
In: A Companion to Terence
Edited: Antony Augoustakis and Ariana Traill
Place: Oxford
Publisher: Blackwell
Year: 2013
Pages: 262-280
ISBN-13: 9781405198752 - eISBN-13: 9781118301975
Language: English
Full Text: Wiley Online Library [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Eunuchus was Terence's most successful play and garnered unprecedented revenues when it debuted in 161 BCE. Terence, through the play's unprecedented emphasis on the immediacy of Pampila's rape, is provoking audience members, both male and female, to look at it from a fundamentally humane point of view. The notion of metatheater, generally used to describe a play's theatrical reflexiveness has drawn much attention in recent studies of Roman Comedy, especially in the case of Plautus, whose characters frequently broadcast their deceptive roles in terms of playmaking. The central character of Eunuchus is Thais. As characters in ancient drama do not seem to deliberately deceive audiences in monologues, Thais reveals herself to be a hooker with a heart of gold, in so far as she has genuine feelings of affection for Phaedria, is truthful with him, and wants to help Pamphila for the not entirely selfish reasons she has revealed.« [Source: Wiley]