Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Hardcover | January 31, 2011

byGonda Van Steen

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Gonda Van Steen examines the productions of classical tragedies staged by political prisoners of the Greek Civil War (late 1940s to 1950s). She first explains the historical and political context in which these productions originated, the selections made by the prisoners, and the practicalconditions under which the performances were mounted, devoting attention, too, to the prison authorities' acts of censorship. Her main focus, however, is on the interpretation that the political detainees gave to their productions and the rationale behind specific readings. The book includes thetext of an adaptation of Antigone , in the original Greek and in English translation, written by Aris Alexandrou, one of the prisoners.

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Gonda Van Steen examines the productions of classical tragedies staged by political prisoners of the Greek Civil War (late 1940s to 1950s). She first explains the historical and political context in which these productions originated, the selections made by the prisoners, and the practicalconditions under which the performances were mo...

Gonda Van Steen is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Florida.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:358 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:January 31, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199572887

ISBN - 13:9780199572885

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Introduction: Collectivity within the Confines of an Island1. Selections, Occasions, Origins, and Objectives2. Makronisos: Island of the 'Greek Inventors of Barbarian Evils'3. Female Prisoners Learning (in) Defiance: What's Playing on Trikeri?4. The Prison and the Past as Theatre: Aeschylus 'Persians' on Ai Stratis', September 19515. 'Suspect Always Like the Truth': The 'Antigone' of Aris Alexandrou6. Alexandrou's 'Antigone' (Greek text and English translation)Conclusion