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Why Am I Singing? Resistance And Other Semantics Of Lyric

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This chapter explores Euripidean contexts in which women's song is equally specialized. The Euripidean personae whose inner selves and connections to the intangible are uncovered by song are usually women, but this chapter will also end with an overview of Euripidean men's song. It proposes three more semantic categories for Euripidean women's song, as illustrated by many epirrhematic amoibaia and parodoi: resistance, transition, and interrogation. Euripidean women sing when they resist other people's advice or understanding of the world; they sing to indicate a sudden shift in a play's plot that causes a significant change in their characterization; and they sing when asking men pointed questions in contexts where the women's reaction to the answers is more telling than the answers themselves.

Keywords: epirrhematic amoibaia; Euripides; interrogation; parodoi; resistance; transition



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