Tragedy in Athens
Performance Space and Theatrical Meaning
By (author) David Wiles
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Tragedy in Athens by David Wiles
Book DescriptionThis book examines the performance of Greek tragedy in the classical Athenian theatre. Whilst post structuralist criticism of Greek tragedy has tended to focus on the literary text, the analysis of stagecraft and the theatre has been markedly conservative in its methodology. David Wiles corrects that balance, exploring the performance of tragedy as a spatial practice specific to Athenian culture, at once religious and political. Athenian conceptions of space were quite unlike those of the modern world. After reviewing controversies and archaeological data regarding the fifth-century performance space, Wiles turns to the chorus and shows how dance mapped out the space for the purposes of any given play. The book shows how the performance as a whole was organised and, through informative diagrams and accessible analyses, Wiles brings the theatre of Greek tragedy to life.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521666152
(228mm x 152mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 19-Aug-1999
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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