Athenian Tragedy in Performance: A Guide to Contemporary by Melinda Powers

By Melinda Powers

Foregrounding severe questions on the strain among the learn of drama as literature as opposed to the examine of functionality, Melinda Powers investigates the methodological difficulties that come up in many of the most modern examine on old Greek theatre. She examines key matters and debates concerning the fifth-century theatrical house, viewers, refrain, functionality type, costuming, houses, gesture, and masks, yet rather than proposing a brand new argument on those subject matters, Powers goals to appreciate her topic greater through exploring the shared old difficulties that each one students confront as they interpret and clarify Athenian tragedy.

A case research of Euripides’s Bacchae, which gives additional information approximately functionality than the other extant tragedy, demonstrates attainable equipment for reconstructing the play’s ancient functionality and in addition the inevitable demanding situations inherent in that job, from the constrained resources and the trouble of studying visible fabric, to the hazards of conflating actor with personality and extrapolating backward from modern theatrical experience.

As an inquiry into the learn of theatre and function, an creation to old writing, a reference for additional examining, and a explanation of a number of normal misconceptions approximately Athenian tragedy and its functionality, this historiographical research can be priceless to experts, practitioners, and scholars alike.

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