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Branded by critics from Aristophanes to Nietzsche as sophistic, iconoclastic, and sensationalistic, Euripides has long been held responsible for the demise of Greek tragedy. Despite this reputation, his drama has a fundamentally conservative character. It conveys nostalgia for an idealized age that still respected the gods and traditional codes of conduct. Using deconstructionist and feminist theory, this book investigates the theme of the lost voice of truth and justice in four Euripidean tragedies. The plays' unstable mix of longing for a transcendent voice of truth and skeptical analysis not only epitomizes the discursive practice of Euripides' era but also speaks to our postmodern condition. The book sheds light on the source of the playwright's tragic power and enduring appeal, revealing the surprising relevance of his works for our own day.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521858731
ISBN-10: 0521858739
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Gary S. Meltzer

Gary Meltzer has taught at George Washington University, Catholic University, and Eckerd College. He is currently adjunct professor of humanities at Villanova University. A visiting scholar at the American Academy in Rome, he has contributed to Classical Antiquity, Transactions of the American Philological Association, Helios, Classical and Modern Literature, and Text and Presentation.

Books By Author Gary S. Meltzer

Euripides and the Poetics of Nostalgia by Gary S. Meltzer

Euripides and the Poetics of Nostalgia

Paperback, September 2012
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