Metapoetry in Euripides

Hardcover | February 28, 2013

byIsabelle Torrance

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Metapoetry in Euripides is the first detailed study of the self-conscious literary devices applied within Euripidean drama and how these are interwoven with issues of thematic importance, whether social, theological, or political. In the volume, Torrance argues that Euripides employed acomplex system of metapoetic strategies in order to draw the audience's attention to the novelty of his compositions.The metapoetic strategies discussed include intertextual allusions to earlier poetic texts (especially to Homer, Aeschylus and Sophocles) which are often developed around unusual and memorable language or imagery, deployment of recognizable trigger words referring to plot construction, novelties orsecondary status, and self-conscious references to fiction implied through allusion to writing. Torrance also looks at and compares metapoetic techniques used in tragedy, satyr-drama, and old comedy to demonstrate that the Greek tragedians commonly exploited metapoetic strategies, and that metapoetry is more pervasive in Euripides than in the other tragedians. While Euripides shares somemetapoetic techniques with old comedy, these remain implicit in his tragedies (but not in his satyr-dramas).

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Metapoetry in Euripides is the first detailed study of the self-conscious literary devices applied within Euripidean drama and how these are interwoven with issues of thematic importance, whether social, theological, or political. In the volume, Torrance argues that Euripides employed acomplex system of metapoetic strategies in order t...

Isabelle Torrance is assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Notre Dame. She has published Aeschylus: Seven Against Thebes (2007) and several articles on Greek tragedy and its reception.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:392 pagesPublished:February 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199657831

ISBN - 13:9780199657834

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PrefaceList of IllustrationsAbbreviationsIntroduction1. Euripides and the Oresteia2. Intertextual Ekphrasis3. Writing and Self-Conscious Mythopoiesis4. The Trojan War5. Tragedy, Comedy, and EuripidesConclusionBibliographyIndex