Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning
By (author) Olga Taxidou
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Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning by Olga Taxidou
Book DescriptionThis powerful reinterpretation of Greek tragedy focuses on the performative - the physical and civic - dimension of tragedy. It challenges the idealist, humanist, and universalist approaches that have informed our most cherished philosophical, psychoanalytical, and modern interpretations of Greek tragedy and, in doing so, asks us to renew our relation to these works and to our literary and philosophical inheritance. The book reassesses tragic form in relation to Athenian democracy and links it with a performative discourse that both excludes the feminine and relies on civic and private forms of mourning. At the same time, it explores the centrality of tragedy for thinkers of Modernity such as Holderlin, Nietzsche, Hegel, Freud, Brecht and Benjamin. Through a persuasive analysis of both classical theorists - Plato and Aristotle - and modern theorists - Benjamin, Lacan, Kristeva, Derrida and Butler - the book significantly shifts the emphasis from a Sophoclean model of tragedy to a Euripidean one. Close readings of the performance aspects of Greek play-texts help illuminate these ideas. Features * Compelling new interpretation of Greek tragedy * Performance based * Attentive to issues of gender
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748619870
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 4-May-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Olga Taxidou
Modernism and Performance, Hardback (November 2007)
This guide to modernism and performance introduces key developments and debates of the period, such as the rise of the director, new theories of acting and new modes of production. Through these debates, and emphasis on the performing body, this study underlines the importance of performance in reconfiguring our general understanding of modernism
Post-war Cinema and Modernity, Paperback (November 2000)
This book explores the relationship between film and modernity in the second half of the twentieth century. Its distinguishing feature is the focus on the close connections between history, theory and textual criticism.
Modernism, Paperback (January 1999)
A documentary resource for the study of Modernism, this work brings together 150 essays, articles, manifestos and writings of the political and aesthetic avant garde between 1840 and 1950. It features manifestos from modernist movements, among them futurism, cubism, Dada, surrealism and anarchism.
Mask: A Periodical Performance by Edward Gordon Craig, Paperback (December 1998)» View all books by Olga Taxidou
Craig was often read as "exceptional" and highly innovative in his native Britain, thus, The Mask not only appears as Craig's main cosmopolitan project but also at times functions as a surrogate stage for his experiments in theater practice.
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Author Biography - Olga Taxidou
Olga Taxidou is Reader in English Literature and Drama at the University of Edinburgh. She is author of The Mask: A Periodical Performance by Edward Gordon Craig (Routledge, 1998) and of Tragedy, Modernity and Mourning (Edinburgh University Press, 2004) and co-editor of Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents (Edinburgh University Press, 1998) and of Post-War Cinema and Modernism: A Film Reader (Edinburgh University Press, 2000).
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