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Page received her Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
(In Centaurs and Amazons, Page DuBois offers a prehistory ...)
In Centaurs and Amazons, Page DuBois offers a prehistory of hierarchy. Using structural anthropology, symbolic analysis, and recent literary theory, she demonstrates a shift in Greek thought from the fifth to the fourth century B.C. that had a profound influence upon subsequent Western culture and politics. Through an analysis of mythology, drama, sculpture, architecture, and Greek vase painting, DuBois documents the transition from a system of thought that organized the experience of difference in terms of polarity and analogy to one based upon a relatively rigid hierarchical scheme. This was the beginning of "the great chain of being," the philosophical construct that all life was organized in minute gradations of superiority and inferiority. This scheme, in various guises, has continued to influence philosophical and political thought.
(Page DuBois, a classicist known for her daring and origin...)
Page DuBois, a classicist known for her daring and originality, turns in this new book to one of the most troubling subjects in the study of antiquity: the indispensability of slaves in ancient Greece. DuBois argues that every object and text in the world of ancient Greece bears the marks of slavery and the need to reiterate the distinction between slave and free. And yet the ubiquity of slaves in ancient societies has been overlooked by scholars who idealize antiquity, misconstrued by those who view slavery through the lens of race and obscured by the split between historical and philological approaches to the classics. DuBois begins her study by exploring the material culture of slavery, including how most museum exhibits erase the presence of slaves in the classical world. Shifting her focus to literature, she considers the place of slaves in Plato's Meno, Aristotle's Politics, Aesop's Fables, Aristophanes' Wasps, and Euripides' Orestes. She contends throughout that portraying the difference between a slave and free as natural was pivotal to Greek concepts of selfhood and political freedom, and that scholars who idealize such concepts too often fail to recognize the role that slavery played in their articulation. Opening new lines of inquiry into ancient culture, Slaves and Other Objects will enlighten classicists and historians alike.
(As A Million and One Gods shows, polytheism is considered...)
As A Million and One Gods shows, polytheism is considered a scandalous presence in societies oriented to Jewish, Christian, and Muslim beliefs. Yet it persists, even in the West, perhaps because polytheism corresponds to unconscious needs and deeply held values of tolerance, diversity, and equality that are central to civilized societies.
(Sappho has been constructed as many things: proto-feminis...)
Sappho has been constructed as many things: proto-feminist, lesbian icon, and even - by the Victorians - chaste headmistress of a girls' finishing school. Yet ironically, as Page DuBois shows, the historical poet herself remains elusive. We know that Sappho's contemporary Alcaeus described her as 'violet, pure, honey-smiling Sappho'; and that the rhetorician and philosopher Maximus of Tyre saw her, perhaps less enthusiastically, as 'small and dark'. We also know that her 7th/6th century BCE island of Lesbos was riven by tyrannical and aristocratic factionalism and that she was probably exiled to Sicily. Much of the rest is speculative. DuBois suggests that the value of Sappho lies elsewhere: in her remarkable verse, and in the poet's reception - one of the richest of any figure from antiquity. Offering nuanced readings of the poems, written in an archaic Aeolic dialect, DuBois skillfully draws out their sharp images and rhythmic melody. She further discusses the exciting discovery of a new verse fragment in 2004, and the ways in which Sappho influenced Catullus, Horace, and Ovid, as well as later writers and painters.
Page received her Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California at Berkeley.
Page DuBois is a professor of Classics and Comparative Literature in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego.
The first published work of DuBois's to receive widespread critical attention was 1982's History, Rhetorical Description, and the Epic: From Homer to Spenser, wherein she examines the ways pictorial art is described (a device known as ekphrasis) in such epic works as the Iliad, the Aeneid, the Divine Comedy, and the Faerie Queen.
DuBois's next major work, Sowing the Body: Psychoanalysis and Ancient Representations of Women, critiques from a Marxist perspective the ways in which psychoanalysis of the past century used classical representations of women in its gender discourses.
Torture and Truth examines how modern readers and scholars receive and read classical works in light of the knowledge that the ancient Greeks and Romans tortured their slaves.
DuBois returned to a more overtly feminist topic with Sappho Is Burning, asking, according to Penelope Murray in the Times Literary Supplement, "why the only voice of female desire that has come down to us from classical antiquity has been obliterated from the history of sexuality."
In 2001 DuBois published a scholarly attempt to counter the use of the Greco-Roman classics by conservative commentators (such as William Bennett) and academics (such as Allan Bloom) to promote political and moral agendas.
In Slaves and Other Objects, DuBois looks at how today's literature and museums downplay the troubling presence of slavery in ancient Greek art, literature, and society, and how the use of slaves in that period has been misrepresented, distorted, or ignored by persons on all sides of the issue.
(Page DuBois, a classicist known for her daring and origin...)2003
(Sappho has been constructed as many things: proto-feminis...)2015
(As A Million and One Gods shows, polytheism is considered...)2014
(In Centaurs and Amazons, Page DuBois offers a prehistory ...)1982