The Masks of Menander
Sign and Meaning in Greek and Roman Performance
By (author) David Wiles
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Masks of Menander by David Wiles
Book DescriptionThis book provides a detailed analysis of the conventions and techniques of performance characteristic of the Greek theatre of Menander and the subsequent Roman theatre of Plautus and Terence. Drawing on literary and archaeological sources, and on scientific treatises, David Wiles identifies the mask as crucial to the actor's art, and shows how sophisticated the art of the mask-maker became. He also examines the other main elements which the audience learned to decode: costume, voice, movement, etc. In order to identify features that were unique to Hellenistic theatre he contrasts Greek New Comedy with other traditions of masked comedy, and shows how different Roman conventions of performance rest upon different underlying assumptions about religion, marriage and class. David Wiles offers theatre historians and classicists a radical new approach to reading play texts. His book will also be useful to archaeologists seeking to understand what masks mean and how Greek and Roman theatres were used.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521543521
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 3-Jun-2004
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, Hardback (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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