Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660-1914

Hardcover | November 2, 2005

byEdith Hall, Fiona Macintosh

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This lavishly illustrated book offers the first full, interdisciplinary investigation of the historical evidence for the presence of ancient Greek tragedy in the post-Restoration British theatre, where it reached a much wider audience - including women - than had access to the original texts.Archival research has excavated substantial amounts of new material, both visual and literary, which is presented in chronological order. But the fundamental aim is to explain why Greek tragedy, which played an elite role in the curricula of largely conservative schools and universities, wasmagnetically attractive to political radicals, progressive theatre professionals, and to the aesthetic avant-garde. All Greek has been translated, and the book will be essential reading for anyone interested in Greek tragedy, the reception of ancient Greece and Rome, theatre history, British socialhistory, English studies, or comparative literature.

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This lavishly illustrated book offers the first full, interdisciplinary investigation of the historical evidence for the presence of ancient Greek tragedy in the post-Restoration British theatre, where it reached a much wider audience - including women - than had access to the original texts.Archival research has excavated substantial ...

Edith Hall is Leverhulme Professor of Greek Cultural History at the University of Durham. Fiona Macintosh is Senior Research Fellow at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at the University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:768 pagesPublished:November 2, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198150873

ISBN - 13:9780198150879

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Table of Contents

1. Regicide, Restoration, and the English Oedipus2. Iphigenia and the Glorious Revolution3. Greek Tragedy as She-Tragedy4. James Thomson's Tragedies of Opposition5. Euripides' Ion, Coram's Foundlings, and Hardwicke's Marriage Act6. Eighteenth-Century Electra7. Caractacus at Colonus8. Revolutionary Oedipuses9. Greek Tragedy in Late Georgian Reading10. Ruins and Rebels11. Talfourd's Ancient Greeks in the Theatre of Reform12. Antigone with Consequences13. The Ideology of Classical Burlesque14. Medea and Mid-Victorian Marriage Legislation15. Page versus Stage: Greek Tragedy, the Academy, and the Popular Theatre16. London's Greek Plays in the 1880s: George Warr and Uocial Philistinism17. The Shavian Euripides and the Euripidean Shaw: Greek Tragedy and the New Drama18. Greek Tragedy and the Cosmopolitan Ideal

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`...a comprehensive and well-illustrated survey [that] serves as a source-book for future research on the reception of Greek tragedy.'Aaron Poochigian, Classical Review