Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheater and Role Playing in Sophocles

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Univ of North Carolina Press, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 253 pages
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Metatheater, or "theater within theater," is a critical approach often used in studies of Shakespearian or modern drama. Breaking new ground in the study of ancient Greek tragedy, Mark Ringer applies the concept of metatheatricality to the work of Sophocl
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Metatheater and the Greeks
7
Politics Sophism and Deception
21
Gorgias
27
Ajax The Staging of a Hero
31
Trachniae Staging a Double Hero
51
The Theban Plays Illusion into Reality
67
Antigone
68
Electra
127
Electra and the Eccyclema of Logos
146
Chrysothemis and Clytemnestra
152
Lying Words
161
Electra Rewrites Her Play
172
Nothing into Nothing
185
The Unshakable Hounds
199
Notes
213

Oedipus Tyrannus
78
Oedipus at Colonus
90
Philoctetes Roles within Roles Plays within a Play
101

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About the author (1998)

Mark Ringer is assistant professor of theater history and literature at Denison University.

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