At the same time, in part through its examination of contemporary performance practice, in part through its detailed reading of selected plays, the book explains why tragedy—a key element in the creation of democracy and a public forum where basic issues of politics, family, and gender relationships were considered in antiquity—continues to provide modern audiences with sources of both pleasure and intellectual interest.
Greek Tragedy sets ancient tragedy into its original theatrical, political and ritual context and applies modern critical approaches to understanding why tragedy continues to interest modern audiences.
- An engaging introduction to Greek tragedy, its history, and its reception in the contemporary world with suggested readings for further study
- Examines tragedy's relationship to democracy, religion, and myth
- Explores contemporary approaches to scholarship, including structuralist, psychoanalytic, and feminist theory
- Provides a thorough examination of contemporary performance practices
- Includes detailed readings of selected plays
Reviews"A new approach to a popular subject offering readings of some of the best-known Attic tragedies in both their ancient and modern contexts. The author's application of contemporary debates and issues to the ancient material is refreshing and stimulating. This book has much to offer."
-- Fiona McHardy, Roehampton University