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Dying acts : death in ancient Greek and modern Irish tragic drama

Author: Fiona Macintosh
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
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"Dying Acts explores the relationship between the dramatic representations of death in two societies where elaborate rituals make death and dying a part of the process of living, in a way that is now alien to most modern Western societies. But it is not simply the shared conception of death that makes a comparison between the Greek tragedies and the Irish plays, written some two and a half thousand years later, both  Read more...
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Named Person: J M Synge; Sean O'Casey; W B Yeats
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Fiona Macintosh
ISBN: 0312125550 9780312125554
OCLC Number: 32470004
Notes: Enlargement of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of London, 1991.
Description: xx, 212 pages ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Fiona Macintosh.

Abstract:

"Dying Acts explores the relationship between the dramatic representations of death in two societies where elaborate rituals make death and dying a part of the process of living, in a way that is now alien to most modern Western societies. But it is not simply the shared conception of death that makes a comparison between the Greek tragedies and the Irish plays, written some two and a half thousand years later, both a valuable and instructive task. The fact that mythical material - just as in classical Greece - forms the basis for many Irish plays written during the Literary Revival also makes such a comparison useful. Moreover, the writers of the Irish tragedies discussed - notably Yeats, O'Casey and Synge - explicitly turned to the Greek tragedians as 'exempla' in their attempt to found a national theatre. The Irish hero Cuchulain was regularly compared to the Greek heroes Heracles and Achilles by Celtic scholars, no less than by the playwrights themselves. This wide-ranging study uncovers the genuine affinities which do exist and examines the political and social context of their works. It is a subtle and intelligent exploration with unexpected and rewarding conclusions."--Jacket.

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