Re-Imagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage (Hardback)
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Short Description for Re-Imagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage Explores the struggle of Greek tragedy to find its place on the American stage. This title shows how certain plays, when re-imagined for modern audiences, resonated deeply with contemporary concerns over slavery, race, the status of women, immigration, and questions of the self.
- Published: 01 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 396 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780520272446 ISBN 10: 0520272447
Full description for Re-Imagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage
This book explores the emergence of Greek tragedy on the American stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies--over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century it became a vehicle not only for major developments in the history of American theater and dance, but also for exploring critical tensions in American cultural and political life. Drawing on a wide range of sources--archival, video, interviews, and reviews--Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage provides the most comprehensive treatment of the subject available.