The Mourning Voice
An Essay on Greek Tragedy
By (author) Nicole Loraux
Translated by Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings
Foreword by Pietro Pucci
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Mourning Voice by Nicole Loraux
Book DescriptionIn The Mourning Voice, Nicole Loraux presents a radical challenge to what has become the dominant view of tragedy in recent years: that tragedy is primarily a civic phenomenon, infused with Athenian political ideology, which envisions its spectators first and foremost as citizens, members of the political collective. Instead, Loraux maintains, the spectator addressed by tragedy is the individual defined primarily in terms of his or her humanity, rather than in terms of affiliation with a political group. The plays, she says, involve the spectators in the emotional expressiveness of tragic suffering, thereby creating a theatrical identity. Aroused by the experience of suffering, the audience is reminded that it is witnessing a theatrical representation of the instability of the human condition-a state that Loraux asserts tragedy is uniquely suited to convey.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801438301
(229mm x 152mm x 5mm)
Imprint: Cornell University Press
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publish Date: 19-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Nicole Loraux
Divided City, Paperback (April 2006)
An exploration of the roles of conflict and forgetting in ancient Athens.
Invention of Athens, Paperback (March 2006)
A revised edition of a groundbreaking work tracing the rhetoric, politics, and ideology of funeral orations in ancient Greece, arguing that they served to celebrate the city of Athens and the Athenian citizen.
Mothers in Mourning, Paperback (January 1998)» View all books by Nicole Loraux
"Nicole Loraux brilliantly elucidates how Athenian politics were 'gendered' in the Classical period. She investigates the Athenian state's interdiction of ritualized mourning by women, in a city where public mourning constituted a vital act of civic...
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Author Biography - Nicole Loraux
Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings is an independent translator of books including The Mind of Thucydides by Jacqueline de Romilly, The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity by Eric Rebillard and The Mourning Voice by Nicole Loraux, all from Cornell. Pietro Pucci is Goldwin Smith Professor of Classics Emeritus at Cornell University. He is the author of several books, including Odysseus Polutropos: Intertexual Readings in the "Odyssey" and the "Iliad," The Violence of Pity in Euripides' "Medea," and Oedipus and the Fabrication of the Father: "Oedipus Tyrannus" in Modern Criticism and Philosophy.
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