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Electra (Greek mythology)

Works: 181 works in 421 publications in 11 languages and 20,817 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Fiction  History  Musical settings  Interviews 
Classifications: PA3827.A7, 882.01
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Most widely held works about Electra (Greek mythology)
    Electra by Sophocles( Book )
    40 editions published between 1714 and 2010 in 5 languages and held by 3,333 libraries worldwide
    "Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful." "Sophocles presents this story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exultation. This translation equals the original in ferocity of expression and leaves intact the inarticulate cries of suffering and joy that fill the play"--Jacket
    Electra by Euripides( Book )
    20 editions published between 1907 and 2013 in English and Greek, Ancient [to 1453] and held by 1,602 libraries worldwide
    This vital translation of Euripides' Electra recreates the prize-winning excitement of the original play. Electra, obsessed by dreams of avenging her father's murder, impatiently awaits the return of her exiled brother Orestes. After his arrival Electra uses Orestes as her instrument of vengeance, killing their mother's husband, then their mother herself - and only afterward do they see the evil inherent in these seemingly just acts. But in his usual fashion, Euripides has imbued myth with the reality of human experience, counterposing suspense and horror with comic realism and down-to-earth comments on life
    The Oresteia by Aeschylus( Book )
    11 editions published between 1974 and 2010 in English and Finnish and held by 1,395 libraries worldwide
    Agamemnon -- The libation-bearers -- The furies
    Elektra : a play by Sophocles( Book )
    13 editions published between 1936 and 2012 in 4 languages and held by 900 libraries worldwide
    A dynamic and necessary new translation of Sophocles' chilling tragedy of hatred, revenge, and murder</ Orestes, the son of King Agamemnon, returns to his homeland to take revenge on his mother, Klytemnestra, and her lover, aegisthus, for killing his father in cold blood. Elektra has long awaited her brother's return, bitter and contemptuous of their mother's moral justification for slaughtering Agamemnon, who had sacrificed the life of another daughter, Iphigenia, so the Greek army could sail to Troy. Elektra helps Orestes and his friend Pylades execute an ingenious plan, continuing a bloody cycle that destroys the lives of their enemies and will forever haunt their own. </ Robert Bagg's new translation, modern in idiom while faithful to the original, conveys the complex range of emotion experienced by grieving family members who expect vengeance to set them free. This is Sophocles for a new generation. </
    Greek theatre practice by J. Michael Walton( Book )
    3 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in English and held by 841 libraries worldwide
    The libation-bearers by Aeschylus( Book )
    2 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 744 libraries worldwide
    An unfortunate result of the eagerness of modern commentators to lay stress on Aeschylus as a thinker and religious poet has been the frequent neglect to observe The Libation Bearers, like Agamemnon, is full of suspense, action, and skillfully contrived surprise
    Choephori by Aeschylus( Book )
    10 editions published between 1901 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 608 libraries worldwide
    The Oresteian trilogy : Agamemnon, the Choephori, the Eumenides by Aeschylus( Book )
    8 editions published between 1956 and 1996 in English and held by 601 libraries worldwide
    A translation of the ancient Greek tragedies, "Agamemmon, " "The Choephori, " and "The Eumenides, " tracing the chain of murder and revenge within the royal family of Argos, which is finally ended through the intervention of the goddess Athene
    Three plays by Hugo von Hofmannsthal( Book )
    2 editions published in 1966 in English and held by 585 libraries worldwide
    Electra by Gladys Schmitt( Book )
    3 editions published between 1965 and 1966 in English and held by 565 libraries worldwide
    Elektra by Richard Strauss( Sound Recording )
    16 editions published between 1950 and 2012 in German and held by 505 libraries worldwide
    In the courtyard of the palace of Agamemnon, murdered king of Mycenae, Elektra bemoans her father's murder at the hands of her mother, Klytämnestra, and her mother's lover, Aegisth. She vows vengeance. She is interrupted by her younger sister, Chrysothemis, who urges Elektra to give up her obsession with revenge so they both can lead normal lives. Chrysothemis reappears with news that Orest is dead. Stunned, Elektra tells her sister she must now help kill Klytämnestra and Aegisth. When the girl pulls away in terror and runs off, Elektra starts to dig for the buried ax that killed Agamemnon. She is interrupted by a stranger who says he has come to inform Klytämnestra of Orest's death. When Elektra reveals her name, he tells her Orest lives. Servants come and kiss his hand. The dogs of the house know me, he says, but not my own sister. Crying his name, Elektra falls into Orest's arms and tells him she has lived only for his return. Their reunion is cut short when Orest is summoned before Klytämnestra. He kills both the queen and her lover. Elektra begins an ecstatic dance and when Chryothemis returns, Elektra falls dead
    Electre; pièce en deux actes by Jean Giraudoux( Book )
    12 editions published between 1937 and 1998 in French and Multiple languages and held by 467 libraries worldwide
    Cette nouvelle série classique réunit les deux collections Larousse et Bordas. En plus de fournir le texte intégral de l'oeuvre, elle dispense une présentation pour l'aborder et une manière suggérée pour la lire
    Orestes and Electra; myth and dramatic form by William M Force( Book )
    2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 466 libraries worldwide
    The Choëphoroe (Libation-bearers) of Aeschylus by Aeschylus( Book )
    5 editions published between 1893 and 1923 in 3 languages and held by 432 libraries worldwide
    Electra and the empty urn metatheater and role playing in Sophocles by Mark Ringer( Book )
    1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 392 libraries worldwide
    "Metatheater, or "theater within theater," is a critical approach often used in studies of Shakespearian or modern drama. Breaking new ground in the study of ancient Greek tragedy, Mark Ringer applies the concept of metatheatricality to the work of Sophocles. His innovative analysis sheds light on Sophocles' technical ingenuity and reveals previously unrecognized facets of fifth-century performative irony." "Ringer analyzes the layers of theatrical self-awareness in all seven Sophoclean tragedies, giving special attention to Electra, the playwright's most metatheatrical work"--Jacket
    Elektra : Tragödie in einem Aufzuge = Tragedy in one act by Richard Strauss( score )
    3 editions published between 1908 and 1990 in German and held by 373 libraries worldwide
    One of the most often performed of Strauss{u2019}s musical works, this landmark of modern opera scandalized early 20th-century audiences with its startling dissonance and unconventional harmonics. Today, it is admired for virtuosic invention of musical ideas and the use of instrumental sonorities to characterize both persons and actions
    Le mythe d'Électre by Pierre Brunel( Book )
    4 editions published between 1971 and 1995 in French and held by 368 libraries worldwide
    Un véritable mythe littéraire s'est constitué autour de la figure d'Electre ; des grands tragiques grecs à Hofmannsthal et à Giraudoux, Pierre Brunel déploie cette grande geste et fait apparaître ce scandale du matricide qui rebute l'imagination, mais fascine l'imagination. Trois études nouvelles sur Suarès, Yourcenar, Anouilh enrichissent ce classique des études mythologiques
    Electra after Freud : myth and culture by Jill Scott( Book )
    1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 363 libraries worldwide
    "Almost everyone knows about Oedipus and his mother, and many readers would put the Oedipus myth at the forefront of Western collective mythology. In Electra after Freud, Jill Scott leaves that couple behind and argues convincingly for the primacy of the countermyth of Agamemnon and his daughter. Through a lens of Freudian and feminist psychoanalysis, this book views renderings of the Electra myth in twentieth-century literature and culture."
    Klytaimnestra who stayed at home by Nancy Bogen( Book )
    2 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 305 libraries worldwide
    Electra : a gender sensitive study of the plays (Aeschylus' Oresteia through Sam Shepard's Curse of the starving class) based on the myth by Batya Casper Laks( Book )
    1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 303 libraries worldwide
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