Visualizing the Tragic

Visualizing the Tragic : Drama, Myth, and Ritual in Greek Art and Literature


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Athenian tragedy of the fifth century BCE became an international and a canonical genre with remarkable rapidity. It is, therefore, a remarkable test case through which to explore how a genre becomes privileged and what the cultural effects of its continuing appropriation are. In this collection of essays by an international group of distinguished scholars the particular point of reference is the visual, that is, the myriad ways in which tragic texts are (re)interpreted, (re)appropriated, and (re)visualized through verbal and artistic description. Topics treated include the interaction of comedy and dithyramb with tragedy; vase painting and tragedy; representations of Dionysus, of Tragoedia, and of Nike; Homer, Aeschylus, Philostratus, and Longus; choral lyric and ritual performance, choral victories, and the staging of choruses on the modern stage. The common focus of all the essays is an engagement with and response to the unique scholarly voice of Froma Zeitlin.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 480 pages
  • 144.78 x 218.44 x 27.94mm | 793.78g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 35 in-text illustrations
  • 0199276021
  • 9780199276028

About Chris Kraus

Jas Elsner is Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University.

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Review quote

Froma Zeitlin is one of the most influential contemporary classicists, and this all-star volume is a fitting tribute to her scholarship Luigi Battezzato, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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Table of contents

The Red-Gold Border ; I. VISUALIZING TRAGEDY ; Notes on Tragic Visualizing in the Iliad ; Visualizing the Choral: Epichoric Poetry, Ritual, and Elite Negotiation in Fifth-Century Thebes ; Outer Limits, Choral Space ; II. DRAMA ON DRAMA ; What's in a Wall? ; Euripides and Aristophanes: What Does Tragedy Teach? ; III. DRAMA AND VISUALIZATION: THE IMAGES OF TRAGEDY AND MYTH ; Looking at Shield Devices: Tragedy and Vase Painting ; The Invention of the Erinyes ; A New Pair of Pairs: Tragic Witnesses in Western Greek Vase-Painting ; Medea in Eleusis, in Princeton ; IV. VISUALIZING DRAMA: THE DIVINITIES OF TRAGEDY AND COMEDY ; Tragedy Personified ; Nike's Cosmetics: Dramatic Victory, the End of Comedy, and Beyond ; Everything to do with Dionysus? (Medelhavsmuseet, Stockholm, inv. MM 1962:7/ABV 374 no. 197) ; V. THE HISTORY OF TRAGIC VISION ; Pulling the Other? Longus on Tragedy ; Philostratus Visualizes the Tragic: Some Ecphrastic and Pictorial Receptions of Greek Tragedy in the Roman Era ; Envisioning the Tragic Chorus on the Modern Stage ; V. CODA ; Rencontre avec Froma ; Presence de Froma Zeitlin

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