Self-representation and Illusion in Senecan Tragedy

Hardcover | May 10, 2004

byC. A. J. Littlewood

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C. A. J. Littlewood approaches Seneca's tragedies as Neronian literature rather than as reworkings of Attic drama, and emphasizes their place in the Roman world and in the Latin literary corpus. The Greek tragic myths are for Seneca mediated by non-dramatic Augustan literature. In literaryterms Phaedra's desire, Hippolytus' innocence, and Hercules' ambivalent heroism look back through allusion to Roman elegy, pastoral, and epic respectively. Ethically, the artificiality of Senecan tragedy, the consciousness that its own dramatic worlds, events, and people are literary constructs,responds to the contemporary Stoical dismissal of the public world as mere theatre.

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C. A. J. Littlewood approaches Seneca's tragedies as Neronian literature rather than as reworkings of Attic drama, and emphasizes their place in the Roman world and in the Latin literary corpus. The Greek tragic myths are for Seneca mediated by non-dramatic Augustan literature. In literaryterms Phaedra's desire, Hippolytus' innocence, ...

Cedric Littlewood is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at the University of Victoria, Canada

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.92 inPublished:May 10, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199267618

ISBN - 13:9780199267613

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. The broken world3. Images of a flawed technical genesis4. Meta-theatre and self-consciousness5. Phaedra: intertextuality and innocence