The Passions in Play
Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama
By (author) Alessandro Schiesaro
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Passions in Play by Alessandro Schiesaro
Book DescriptionThis monograph is devoted to the most important of Seneca's tragedies, Thyestes, which has had a notable influence on Western drama from Shakespeare to Antonin Artaud. Thyestes emerges as the mastertext of 'Silver' Latin poetry, and as an original reflection on the nature of theatre comparable to Euripides' Bacchae. The book analyses the complex structure of the play, its main themes, the relationship between Seneca's vibrant style and his obsession with dark issues of revenge and regression. Substantial discussion of other plays - especially Trojan Women, Oedipus and Medea - permits a comprehensive re-evaluation of Seneca's poetics and its pivotal role in post-Virgilian literature. Topics explored include the relationship between Seneca's plays and his theory of the emotions, the connection between poetic inspiration and the Underworld, and Seneca's treatment of time, which, in a perspective informed by psychoanalysis, is seen as a central preoccupation of Senecan tragedy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521037655
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 12-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Alessandro Schiesaro
Cambridge Companion to Seneca, Hardback (February 2015)
This Companion examines the complete works of Seneca in context and establishes the importance of his legacy in Western thought.
Roman Cultural Revolution, Paperback (December 2004)
Multi-disciplinary exploration of the Roman Revolution as a cultural phenomenon.
Passions in Play, Hardback (September 2003)» View all books by Alessandro Schiesaro
Critical analysis of Senecan tragedy with a particular emphasis on his most accomplished play.
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Author Biography - Alessandro Schiesaro
Alessandro Schiesaro is Professor of Latin Language and Literature at King's College London. He has co-edited, with Thomas Habinek, The Roman Cultural Revolution (1997; ISBN 0521 580927).
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