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dc.contributor.authorZeigler, Deana Paige
dc.description.abstractUsing ancient Greek historic and literary sources in combination with modern feminist theories of psychoanalysis, I create a normative model for mother-daughter relationships from the Homeric Hymn to Demeter as well as a story pattern of the succession narrative from Hesiod’s Theogony and Homer's Odyssey. Working within these psychological and political frameworks, I investigate the troubled relationship between Clytemnestra and Electra. In Sophocles’ Electra and Euripides’ Electra their behavior fails to conform to the pattern of a mother-daughter pair, and their relationship does not fulfill expectations. Clytemnestra and Electra, however, are still aware of their society’s ideas concerning the ideal interactions between a mother and her daughter. Envious of her mother’s wealth and position and lacking reciprocal love and affection, Electra ultimately uses her understanding of the workings of the mother-daughter bond to entrap her mother and facilitate the matricide.
dc.subjectMothers, Daughters, Ancient Greece, Greek Tragedy, Sophocles, Euripides, Electra, Clytemnestra, Succession
dc.titleClytemnestra, Electra, and the failure of mothering on the Attic stage
dc.description.majorClassical Languages
dc.description.advisorNancy Felson
dc.description.committeeNancy Felson
dc.description.committeeChris Cuomo
dc.description.committeeCharles Platter

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