Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College
Greek Art and Archaeology
Mireille Lee (Occidental College, A.B.; Bryn Mawr, M.A., Ph.D.) teaches courses on the art and archaeology of the ancient Mediterranean, including Egypt. A specialist in Greek art and archaeology, she has a particular interest in the construction of gender in ancient visual and material culture. She has published widely on the social functions of dress in ancient Greece, as they can be reconstructed from the visual, archaeological, and textual sources. Her current book project, "Kalos Kosmos: the body, dress, and identity in early Greece," is in the final stages of preparation. She is also a co-editor of Bodies and Boundaries in Graeco-Roman Antiquity (De Gruyter, 2009).
Information from DeGruyter website:
In the Graeco-Roman world, the cosmic order was enacted, in part, through bodies. The evaluative divisions between, for example, women and men, humans and animals, “barbarians” and “civilized” people, slaves and free citizens, or mortals and immortals, could all be played out across the terrain of somatic difference, embedded as it was within wider social and cultural matrices.
This volume explores these thematics of bodies and boundaries: to examine the ways in which bodies, lived and imagined, were implicated in issues of cosmic order and social organisation in classical antiquity. It focuses on the body in performance (especially in a rhetorical context), the erotic body, the dressed body, pagan and Christian bodies as well as divine bodies and animal bodies.
The articles draw on a range of evidence and approaches, cover a broad chronological and geographical span, and explore the ways bodies can transgress and dissolve, as well shore up, or even create, boundaries and hierarchies. This volume shows that boundaries are constantly negotiated, shifted and refigured through the practices and potentialities of embodiment.
Also available as an e-book.