Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands

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By (author) Gonda Van Steen


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 368 pages
  • Dimensions: 147mm x 218mm x 28mm | 572g
  • Publication date: 15 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199572887
  • ISBN 13: 9780199572885
  • Illustrations note: 3 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,608,863

Product description

Gonda Van Steen examines the productions of classical tragedies staged by political prisoners of the Greek Civil War (late 1940s to 1950s). She first explains the historical and political context in which these productions originated, the selections made by the prisoners, and the practical conditions under which the performances were mounted, devoting attention, too, to the prison authorities' acts of censorship. Her main focus, however, is on the interpretation that the political detainees gave to their productions and the rationale behind specific readings. The book includes the text of an adaptation of Antigone , in the original Greek and in English translation, written by Aris Alexandrou, one of the prisoners.

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Author information

Gonda Van Steen is Associate Professor of Classics, University of Florida

Review quote

Theatre of the Condemned contains scrupulous scholarship, sophisticated analysis and a huge amount of new material. Everyone who works on the reception of Greek drama should read it. Betine van Zyl Smit, Classical Journal stunning ... Van Steen has beautifully translated Alexandrou's lyrical text Diana Gilliland Wright, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Table of contents

Introduction: Collectivity within the Confines of an Island ; 1. Selections, Occasions, Origins, and Objectives ; 2. Makronisos: Island of the 'Greek Inventors of Barbarian Evils' ; 3. Female Prisoners Learning (in) Defiance: What's Playing on Trikeri? ; 4. The Prison and the Past as Theatre: Aeschylus 'Persians' on Ai Stratis, September 1951 ; 5. 'Suspect Always Like the Truth': The 'Antigone' of Aris Alexandrou ; 6. Alexandrou's 'Antigone' (Greek text and English translation) ; Conclusion