Mask and Performance in Greek Tragedy
From Ancient Festival to Modern Experimentation
By (author) David Wiles
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Mask and Performance in Greek Tragedy by David Wiles
Book DescriptionWhy did Greek actors in the age of Sophocles always wear masks? In this book, first published in 2007, David Wiles provided the first book-length study of this question. He surveys the evidence of vases and other monuments, arguing that they portray masks as part of a process of transformation, and that masks were never seen in the fifth century as autonomous objects. Wiles goes on to examine experiments with the mask in twentieth-century theatre, tracing a tension between the use of masks for possession and for alienation, and he identifies a preference among modern classical scholars for alienation. Wiles declines to distinguish the political aims of Greek tragedy from its religious aims, and concludes that an understanding of the mask allows us to see how Greek acting was simultaneously text-centred and body-centred. This book challenges orthodox views about how theatre relates to ritual, and provides insight into the creative work of the actor.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521865227
(247mm x 174mm x 25mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 9-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Wiles
Theatre and Time, Paperback (September 2014)
This fascinating account of the relationship between theatre and time explores how different concepts of time - including linear clock time, the cyclical time of the planets and seasons, the rhythms of the body and individual memories - have impacted on and been reinforced by theatre throughout history, from medieval times to the present day.
Theatre and Citizenship, Paperback (July 2014)
Shaped by political concerns of today, this is an informed but provocative take on theatre history and theatre's social function.
Cambridge Companion to Theatre History, Paperback (December 2012)
A wide-ranging set of essays that explain what theatre history is and why we need to engage with it.
Mask and Performance in Greek Tragedy, Paperback (July 2012)» View all books by David Wiles
A 2007 study of the mask in Greek tragedy, covering both ancient and modern performances.
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Author Biography - David Wiles
David Wiles is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London.
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