Introduction: Women and Fictions of the State

  • Martine Watson Brownley


Literature in the western canon offers relatively few stories about women and the state. Moreover, if one identifies in any way with the women characters in these narratives, most of them make unsavory reading. In classical Greek drama women who became embroiled with the state usually died. At Aulis and in Thebes, Iphigenia and Antigone showed what could happen to women when the needs of the state conflicted with the bonds of the family. Only in the comic world of Aristophanes did women move to mold state policy to their wills—and even then they succeeded mainly by relying on their sexuality.


Black Woman State Politics Feminist Theory Feminist Politics Feminist Movement 
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