The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama by Alessandro SchiesaroThe Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama by Alessandro Schiesaro

The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama

byAlessandro Schiesaro

Paperback | December 3, 2007

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This book subjects the most accomplished and important of Seneca's tragedies Thyestes to the kind of critical analysis now available for authors such as Virgil, Ovid and Lucan. Drawing many insights from psychoanalytic theory, and recent advances in post-Virgilian literary criticism, it also discusses several other plays of Seneca. The volume presents, therefore, a detailed and comprehensive analysis of all the main themes and stylistic features of Seneca's tragedies. While stressing the importance of Thyestes in post-Classical aesthetics, the study offers important insights into authors such as Ovid and Lucan as well.
Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Language and Literature at King's College London. He has co-edited, with Thomas Habinek, The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997; ISBN 0521 580927).
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Title:The Passions in Play: Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan DramaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.67 inPublished:December 3, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521037654

ISBN - 13:9780521037655

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; Note on translations; Introduction; 1. Poetry, passions and knowledge; 2. Staging Thyestes; 3. A craftier Tereus; 4. Atreus rex; 5. Fata se vertunt retro; 6. The poetics of passions; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index of passages cited; General index.

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"This is a richly rewarding book with much to say about one of the world's great tragic dramas." New England Classical Journal