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Choral Mediations in Greek Tragedy

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Renaud Gagné, Marianne Hopman, Claude Calame, Jonas Grethlein, Simon Goldhill, Laura Swift, Sheila Murnaghan, Barbara Kowalzig, Anton Bierl, Gregory Nagy, Lucia Prauscello, Jeffrey Henderson, Joshua Billings, Fiona Macintosh, Peter Meineck
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  • Date Published: December 2013
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107033283

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  • This volume explores how the choruses of Ancient Greek tragedy creatively combined media and discourses to generate their own specific forms of meaning. The contributors analyse choruses as fictional, religious and civic performers; as combinations of text, song and dance; and as objects of reflection in themselves, in relation and contrast to the choruses of comedy and melic poetry. Drawing on earlier analyses of the social context of Greek drama, the non-textual dimensions of tragedy, and the relations between dramatic and melic choruses, the chapters explore the uses of various analytic tools in allowing us better to capture the specificity of the tragic chorus. Special attention is given to the physicality of choral dancing, musical interactions between choruses and actors, the trajectories of reception, and the treatment of time and space in the odes.

    • Explores the polyvalence of tragic choruses through a wide range of methodological practices
    • Emphasises the complexity of choruses and the need for a flexible approach to the medium
    • Discusses all three major tragedians and offers comparisons with lyric and comic choruses
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Excellent … offers a sophisticated exploration of both the richness and the strangeness of the chorus as a phenomenon of ancient Greek culture."
    The Times Literary Supplement

    "… the elasticity of [its] approach allows the book to offer sixteen diverse but uniformly rich essays that show how the chorus is a mediating figure for scholarly interests as much as it was a figure of shifting meanings on the Athenian stage for its inventors, performers, and observers."
    Sarah Nooter, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'This excellent volume occupies a distinctive place within the growing body of scholarship on the Greek chorus. It will be of great interest to scholars working on Greek tragedy and on ancient performance culture more broadly.' Lauren Curtis, The Classical Journal

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107033283
    • length: 440 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 3 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the chorus in the middle Renaud Gagné and Marianne Hopman
    2. Choral polyphony and the ritual functions of tragic songs Claude Calame
    3. Chorus, conflict, closure in Aeschylus' Persians Marianne Hopman
    4. Choral intertemporality in the Oresteia Jonas Grethlein
    5. Choreography: the lyric voice of Sophoclean tragedy Simon Goldhill
    6. Conflicting identities in the Euripidean chorus Laura Swift
    7. The choral plot of Euripides' Helen Sheila Murnaghan
    8. Transcultural chorality: Iphigenia in Tauris and Athenian imperial economics Barbara Kowalzig
    9. Maenadism as self-referential chorality in Euripides' Bacchae Anton Bierl
    10. The Delian maidens and their relevance to choral mimesis in Classical drama Gregory Nagy
    11. Choral persuasions in Plato's Laws Lucia Prauscello
    12. The comic chorus and the demagogue Jeffrey Henderson
    13. Dancing letters: the Alphabetic Tragedy of Kallias Renaud Gagné
    14. Choral dialectics: Hölderlin and Hegel Joshua Billings
    15. Enter and exit the chorus: dance in Britain, 1880–1914 Fiona Macintosh
    16. 'The thorniest problem and the greatest opportunity': directors on directing the Greek chorus Peter Meineck.

  • Editors

    Renaud Gagné, University of Cambridge
    Renaud Gagné is a University Lecturer in Classics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Pembroke College. His main research interests are early Greek poetry and Greek religion. He is a co-editor of Sacrifices humains. Perspectives croisées et représentations (2013) and the author of Ancestral Fault in Ancient Greece (Cambridge, 2013).

    Marianne Govers Hopman, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Marianne Govers Hopman is Associate Professor of Classics and Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois, where she specialises in ancient Greek and Latin poetry and mythology. Her publications include articles on Homer, Greek tragedy, Greek hymns and Roman satire, and a book, Scylla: Myth, Metaphor, Paradox (2013).


    Renaud Gagné, Marianne Hopman, Claude Calame, Jonas Grethlein, Simon Goldhill, Laura Swift, Sheila Murnaghan, Barbara Kowalzig, Anton Bierl, Gregory Nagy, Lucia Prauscello, Jeffrey Henderson, Joshua Billings, Fiona Macintosh, Peter Meineck

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