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Reimagining Greek tragedy on the American stage

Author: Helene P Foley
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, [2012]
Series: Sather classical lectures, v. 70.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies-over war,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Foley, Helene P., 1942-
Reimagining Greek tragedy on the American stage.
Berkeley : University of California Press, [2012]
(DLC) 2012000823
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Helene P Foley
ISBN: 1283622807 9781283622806 9780520953659 0520953657 0520272447 9780520272446
OCLC Number: 1066441787
Description: 1 online resource (xv, 375 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Greek tragedy finds an American audience --
Setting the stage --
American theater makes Greek tragedy its own --
Making total theater in America : choreography and music --
Hellenic influences on the development of American modern dance --
American Gesamtkunste Werke --
Musical theater --
Visual choreography in Robert Wilson's Alcestis --
Democratizing Greek tragedy --
Antigone and politics in the nineteenth century : the Boston 1890 Antigone --
Performance groups in the 1960s-1970s : Brecht's Antigone by the living theatre --
The 1980s and beyond : Peter Sellars' Persians, Ajax and the Children of Heracles compared with other versions of Persians and Ajax --
Aeschylus' Prometheus bound in the U.S. : from the threat of apocalypse to communal reconciliation --
Re-envisioning the hero : American Oedipus --
Oedipus as scapegoat --
Plagues --
Theban cycles --
Deconstructing fatality --
Abandonment --
Re-imagining Medea as American other --
Setting the stage : nineteenth century Medea --
Medea as social critic from the mid-1930s-the late 1940s --
Medea as ethnic other from the 1970s-the present --
Medea's divided self : drag and cross dressed performances.
Series Title: Sather classical lectures, v. 70.
Other Titles: Reimagining Greek tragedy on the American stage (Online)
Responsibility: Helene P. Foley.

Abstract:

This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies-over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance, but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources-archival, video, interviews, and reviews- Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.

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