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Greek Theatre between Antiquity and Independence
A History of Reinvention from the Third Century BC to 1830

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  • Date Published: July 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107059474

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  • This first general history of Greek theatre from Hellenistic times to the foundation of the Modern Greek state in 1830 marks a radical departure from traditional methods of historiography. We like to think of history unfolding continuously, in an evolutionary form, but the story of Greek theatre is rather different. After traditional theatre ended in the sixth and seventh centuries, no traditional drama was written or performed on stage throughout the Greek-speaking world for centuries due to the Orthodox Church's hostile attitude toward spectacles. With the reinvention of theatre in Renaissance Italy, however, Greek theatre was revived in Crete under Venetian rule in the late sixteenth century. The following centuries saw the restoration of Greek theatre at various locations, albeit characterized by numerous ruptures and discontinuities in terms of geography, stylistics, thematic approaches and ideologies. These diverse developments were only 'normalized' with the establishment of the Greek nation state.

    • The first book to offer a history of Greek theatre and drama over a critical two thousand-year period of its existence
    • Unlike most theatre historiography, this book emphasizes the ruptures and discontinuities in Greek theatre history (in marked contrast to the continuity of the spoken language)
    • Reveals startling new discoveries of Greek theatrical activity throughout the diaspora of the Ottoman and early national periods, thereby confirming that theatre and dramatic literature retained a prominent role in Greek culture before the foundation of Modern Greece
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    • Date Published: July 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107059474
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 25 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. The long twilight of ancient theatre and drama
    2. Byzantium: high culture without theatre or dramatic literature
    3. Re-inventing theatre: Renaissance and Baroque Crete under Venetian rule (1500s–1600s)
    4. Shaping a theatre tradition: the Ionian Islands from Venetian to British rule (1500s–1800s)
    5. Jesuit theatre in Constantinople and the Archipelago (1600–1750)
    6. Drama without performance: the Greek Enlightenment and Phanariot literature
    7. Rehearsing the Revolution: theatre as preparation for the uprising of 1821 (Bucharest, Jassy, Odessa)
    8. Outlook: theatre in the nation-state versus theatre in the diaspora.

  • Author

    Walter Puchner, University of Athens, Greece
    Walter Puchner is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens. He has published more than eighty books and about four hundred articles in academic journals. His research interests include the history of theatre in the Balkan peninsula, the comparative folklore and ethnography of the Mediterranean and Southeast Europe, Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, as well as the theory of drama and theatre.

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    Andrew White, Stratford University, Virginia
    Andrew Walker White is an American theatre artist, cultural historian, and theatre critic. As a performer his work embraces everything from Shakespeare and Chekhov to dance theatre and mime; he is a former company member of Source Theatre and Théâtre Le Neon, both in the Washington, DC area. As a historian he has devoted himself to post-classical Greek culture, and especially the theatre and drama of Byzantium, and he has translated key Late Antique and medieval Greek texts. He is also the author of Performing Orthodox Ritual in Byzantium (Cambridge, 2015). A veteran of the Fulbright Program, White has conducted research on site in Greece and Turkey, and has lectured in both the United States and Europe.

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