Performance and Identity in the Classical World by Anne DuncanPerformance and Identity in the Classical World by Anne Duncan

Performance and Identity in the Classical World

byAnne Duncan

Paperback | June 30, 2011

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Actors in the classical world were often viewed as frauds and impostors, capable of deliberately fabricating their identities. Conversely, they were sometimes viewed as possessed by the characters that they played, or as merely playing themselves onstage. Numerous sources reveal an uneasy fascination with actors and acting, from the writings of elite intellectuals (philosophers, orators, biographers, historians) to the abundant theatrical anecdotes that can be read as a body of "popular performance theory." This study examines these sources, along with dramatic texts and addresses the issue of impersonation, from the late fifth century BCE to the early Roman Empire.
Title:Performance and Identity in the Classical WorldFormat:PaperbackDimensions:252 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.59 inPublished:June 30, 2011Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521313481

ISBN - 13:9780521313483

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Table of Contents

Introduction: the hypocritical self; 1. Drag queens and in-betweens: Agathon and the mimetic body; 2. Demosthenes vs. Aeschines: the rhetoric of sincerity; 3. The fraud and the flatterer: images of actors in the comic state; 4. Infamous performers: comic actors and female prostitutes in Rome; 5. The actor's freedom: Roscius and the slave actor at Rome; 6. Extreme mimesis: the spectacle in the Empire.