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    DescriptionThe first-century Roman tragedies of Seneca, like all ancient drama, do not contain the sort of external stage directions that we are accustomed to today; nevertheless, a careful reading of the plays reveals such stage business as entrances, exits, setting, sound effects, emotions of the characters, etc. "The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy" teases out these dramaturgical elements in Seneca's work and uses them both to aid in the interpretation of the plays and to show the playwright's artistry.Thomas D. Kohn provides a detailed overview of the corpus, laying the groundwork for appreciating Seneca's techniques in the individual dramas. Each of the chapters explores an individual tragedy in detail, discussing the "dramatis personae" and examining how the roles would be distributed among a limited number of actors, as well as the identity of the Chorus. "The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy" makes a compelling argument for Seneca as an artist and a dramaturg in the true sense of the word: "a maker of drama." Regardless of whether Seneca composed his plays for full-blown theatrical staging, a fictive theater of the mind, or something in between, Kohn demonstrates that he displays a consistency and a careful attentiveness to details of performance. While other scholars have applied this type of performance criticism to individual tragedies or scenes, this is the first comprehensive study of all the plays in twenty-five years, and the first ever to consider not just stagecraft, but also metatheatrical issues such as the significant distribution of roles among a limited number of actors, in addition to the emotional states of the characters. Scholars of classics and theater, along with those looking to stage the plays, will find much of interest in this study.


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    Title
    The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Thomas Kohn
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 344
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 431 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780472118571
    ISBN 10: 0472118579
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
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    Publisher
    The University of Michigan Press
    Imprint name
    The University of Michigan Press
    Publication date
    15 March 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Author Information
    Thomas D. Kohn is Associate Professor of Classics at Wayne State University.