- 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
Hermione: The Andromache
Hermione: The Andromache
- 11. Hermione: The Andromache
- Euripides’s Revolution under Cover
- Cornell University Press
This chapter examines Hermione's explanation of her downfall in Andromache within the context of sexual desire. Hermione, the wife of Neoptolemus, finds herself sexually and affectively shunned by her husband, who prefers his concubine, Andromache, the wife of the dead Hector. Humiliated by this situation, Hermione, during Neoptolemus's absence, tries and fails to kill the child Andromache had with him. Hermione then expects Neoptolemus to come back and kill her. At this point an earlier suitor of hers, Orestes, appears, and Hermione explains her situation. This chapter considers Hermione's corruption, which she blames on language and mimetic influence. It also discusses Euripides's claim that language is an inescapable instance of otherness.
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