The Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context (Google eBook)

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 1, 2010 - History
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In this book Professor Mastronarde draws on the seventeen surviving tragedies of Euripides, as well as the fragmentary remains of his lost plays, to explore key topics in the interpretation of the plays. It investigates their relation to the Greek poetic tradition and to the social and political structures of their original setting, aiming both to be attentive to the great variety of the corpus and to identify commonalities across it. In examining such topics as genre, structural strategies, the chorus, the gods, rhetoric, and the portrayal of women and men, this study highlights the ways in which audience responses are manipulated through the use of plot structures and the multiplicity of viewpoints expressed. It argues that the dramas of Euripides, through their dramatic technique, pose a strong challenge to simple formulations of norms, to the reading of consistent human character, and to the quest for certainty and closure.
  

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Contents

Chapter 1 Approaching Euripides
1
Chapter 2 Problems of genre
44
variety and unity
63
Chapter 4 The chorus
88
Chapter 5 The gods
153
Chapter 6 Rhetoric and character
207
Chapter 7 Women
246
Chapter 8 Euripidean males and the limits of autonomy
280
Conclusion
307
Bibliography
313
Index of names and topics
334
Index of passages cited
346
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About the author (2010)

Donald J. Mastronarde is Melpomene Distinguished Professor of Classics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has published extensively on Greek tragedy and Euripides in particular, including Euripides: Medea (Cambridge University Press, 2002) and Euripides: Phoenissae (Cambridge University Press, 1994).

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