Vision And Stagecraft In Sophocles

Paperback | April 11, 2014

byDavid Seale

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In this study, David Seale argues that Sophocles’s use of stagecraft, which has thus far received little attention, was as sophisticated as that of Aeschylus or Euripides. His discussions of the physical and visual elements of Sophocles's seven plays center around the theme of sight; he demonstrates that each play is staged to maximize the implications and effects of “seeing” and not “seeing,” of knowledge and ignorance. This emphasis on visual perception, Seale maintains, harmonizes with Sophocles’s use of verbal and thematic techniques to create dramatic movements from delusion to truth, culminating in climaxes that are revelations—moments when things are truly “seen” by both audience and characters.

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In this study, David Seale argues that Sophocles’s use of stagecraft, which has thus far received little attention, was as sophisticated as that of Aeschylus or Euripides. His discussions of the physical and visual elements of Sophocles's seven plays center around the theme of sight; he demonstrates that each play is staged to maximize...

David Seale is the longest serving member of the university faculty at Bishop’s University, Quebec, where he is a professor of classical studies.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.8 inPublished:April 11, 2014Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:022618174X

ISBN - 13:9780226181745

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“A new approach. In place of a general commentary on Sophoclean stagecraft or a close study of a particular problem in stagecraft itself, verbal texture and theatrical spectacle are linked through a study of the theme of vision. Seale suggests that a Sophoclean drama is typically a movement from illusion to true sight. This movement is represented both in the language, as characters speak of what they see, and in the spectacle, in which reality is presented before the audience. The great advantage of this approach is the immediate relevance it gives to the spectacle, which embodies the revelation to which the drama leads. . . . Stimulating and enlightening.”