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Carol Dougherty, Wellesley College

This talk aims to read the figure of the metic (metoikos) in Aeschylus' Oresteia within the discourse of hospitality to argue that tragedy's obsession with the foreigner does not reflect recent civic legislation regarding immigration and citizenship but actively participates in the theoretical work demanded by the challenges of democratic rule. Within the trilogy, the figure of the metic works from the position of "in-between" to interrogate systems of justice and their problematic relationship to revenge within the newly established democratic city.

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