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Approaches to Teaching the Dramas of Euripides
     

Approaches to Teaching the Dramas of Euripides

by Robin Mitchell Boyask
 

Known for their fully drawn characters, artistic complexity, and a multifaceted engagement with social issues, the plays of Euripides inspire divergent critical views. While some scholars find that the dramatist writes from a traditional Greek perspective, others see a radically innovative artist who criticizes Athenian politics, the treatment of women, and the

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Known for their fully drawn characters, artistic complexity, and a multifaceted engagement with social issues, the plays of Euripides inspire divergent critical views. While some scholars find that the dramatist writes from a traditional Greek perspective, others see a radically innovative artist who criticizes Athenian politics, the treatment of women, and the Olympian gods. Readers will find both views in this collection of essays designed to help teachers present Euripides and his plays to today's students.

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The first 30 pages cover resources: a list of Euripides' most taught plays, an essay on translations, several bibliographies of recommended readings (subcategorized for convenience), and audiovisual and computer-based resources gathered from the website, drjclassics.com. The second section offers 16 classroom approaches. For example, students assigned to write their own Greek dramas, perform the plays, imagine ancient performance practice, apply Aristotle's to Euripides, and use Aristophanes (in whose plays Euripides occasionally shows up as a character) to illuminate Euripidean drama. Like most MLA publications, this is a valuable tool for the English classroom. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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ISBN-13:
9780873527705
Publisher:
Modern Language Association of America
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Series:
Approaches to Teaching World Literature Ser.
Pages:
235
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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