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Whoring, Gaping and Hiding Meat: The Humour of Male-on-Male Sexual Insults in Aristophanes' Knights

Robson, James (2018). Whoring, Gaping and Hiding Meat: The Humour of Male-on-Male Sexual Insults in Aristophanes' Knights. Archimède: Archéologie et Histoire Ancienne, 5 pp. 24–34.

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Abstract

This article looks at the obscene and scurrilous humour of Knights with a view to examining how its main protagonists are characterized sexually. Through an examination of how the Sausage-Seller and Paphlagon are presented in terms of both sexual insertiveness and receptiveness – both anal and oral – I seek to challenge views of the play which cast Paphlagon as the more sexually aggressive of the two. Rather, the contention of the article is that the Sausage-Seller’s aggression is expressed both through the direct nature of his sexual threats and the shameless ways in which he flaunts his whorishness and oral and anal receptiveness. In contrast, Paphlagon-Cleon’s sexual character largely emerges through metaphors, allegations, innuendos and jokes made at his expense.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 2418-3547
Keywords: Aristophanes; Knights; obscenity; humour; jokes; homoeroticism/“homosexuality”; penetration; insertiveness; receptiveness; prostitution; Henderson
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 59036
Depositing User: James Robson
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 11:43
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2019 16:50
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/59036
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