The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy

The Dramaturgy of Senecan Tragedy

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The 1st-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." 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 25 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, as well as emotional states of the characters. Scholars of classics and theatre, as well as those looking to stage the plays, will find much of interest in this more

Product details

  • Hardback | 344 pages
  • 158 x 230 x 26mm | 479.99g
  • The University of Michigan Press
  • Ann Arbor, United States
  • English
  • 8 figures, 8 tables
  • 0472118579
  • 9780472118571
  • 1,384,508

Review quote

"Through the consideration of dramaturgical possibilities available to Seneca, this book reveals new perspectives that add meaning to the plays. ... [A]n important resource for anyone interested in the performance criticism of Senecan tragedy." ---Bryn Mawr Classical Review--Eric Dodson-Robinson, West Chester University "Bryn Mawr Classical Review "show more

About Thomas D. Kohn

Thomas D. Kohn is Associate Professor of Classics at Wayne State more