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Additional info for Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient Greece
Perhaps the best evidence of Plato's nostalgic enterprise is the fact that it is embedded in dramatic dialogue, a form that simultaneously expresses a desire to reanimate the dead Socrates and the necessarily failed satisfaction of that desire. 1 3 Plato bases his critique on the possibility that social and political structures can be destabilized by bodily or visually manifested impersonations. This critique operates within the more general Platonic condemnation of the physical body and assumes an incommensurability between the reality and truth to which the eternal soul has access and the approximations and falsehoods that lead the mortal and ephemeral body astray (see Spelman 1982).
3. 47. Cf. Wilshire (1982, 34-35) on what he calls the "body-self" in theatrical experience. Nostalgia and Drama 41 If the "cause" of desire, gesture, and act can be localized within the "self" of the actor, then the political regulations and disciplinary practices which produce that ostensibly coherent gender are effectively displaced from view. The displacement of a political and discursive origin of gender identity onto a psychological "core" precludes an analysis of the political constitution of the gendered subject and its fabricated notions about the ineffable interiority of its sex or of its true identity.
See also p. 175 n. 82. 26. Blundell 1992, 157. Acting Like Men These questions bring me back to catharsis. It seems clear that when Aristotle talks about catharsis in his definition of tragedy at Poetics 1449b24-28, he is not talking about an effect on the characters in the play. This interpretation is borne out at 1453bl-7, in which the "someone" [·w;] to whom Aristotle refers is the hearer of the [Oedipus] plot, who, as Segal remarks, stands in for the spectator. 27 The feelings of pity and fear to which that hearer is subject are the same feelings that bring about the proper effect of the tragic performance, that is, catharsis.
Acting Like Men: Gender, Drama, and Nostalgia in Ancient Greece by Karen Bassi