- Title Pages
- 1. Euripides’s Poetic Game and Law of Composition
- 2. Anthropomorphism
- 3. The Protection of the Self and the Role of <i>Sophia</i>
- 4. Some Connotations of <i>Sophia</i>
- 5. Polyneices’s Truth
- 6. Hecuba’s Rhetoric
- 7. Eros in Euripides’s Poetics: Sex as the Cause of the Trojan War
- 8. The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- 9. The Power of Love: Who Is Aphrodite?
- 10. Phaedra
- 11. Hermione: The <i>Andromache</i>
- 12. Female Victims of War: The <i>Troades</i>
- 13. The Survival in Poetry
- 14. Figures of Metalepsis: The Invention of “Literature”
- 15. The Failure of Politics in Euripides’s Poetics: Politics in the <i>Suppliant Women</i>
- 16. Political Philosophy: A Universal Program of Peace and Progress
- 17. How to Deliberate a War
- 18. Democracy and Monarchy
- 19. The Battle
- 20. The Rescue of the Corpses
- 21. Return to Arms
- 22. The Polis’s Loss of Control and Authority
- 23. The Bacchants’ Gospel and the Greek City
- 24. Pentheus and Teiresias
- 25. Dionysus’s Revenge: First Round
- 26. Revenge Prepares Its Murderous Weapon
- 27. Initiation and Sacrifice
- 28. Victory and Defeat
- 29. Euripides’s Poetry
- Subject Index
- Index Locorum
The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- (p.43) 8. The Lewd Gaze of the Eye
- Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
- Cornell University Press
This chapter examines the notion that the lewd gaze is what triggers erotic passion. It considers Gorgias's expression in his Encomium of Helen: “What wonder, then, if the eye of Helen, delighted by Paris's body, provoked in her soul desire and craving for love?” This view, according to which the lover is the source of his/her own passion, goes along with the alternative traditional explanation suggesting that the source of sexual desire resides in the object itself—for instance, in the cheeks or the eyes of the seducing object. As the subjective gaze in viewing a desirable object produces erotic passion, the text implies that the enemy is not outside but inside us. This chapter also discusses Hecuba's claim that Paris's beauty is the source of Helen's craving, but it is Helen's wanton and greedy glance at Paris's beauty and wealth that turns her mind into lewd and wicked desire and adultery.
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