Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheater and Role Playing in Sophocles

Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheater and Role Playing in Sophocles

by Mark Ringer
     
 

Metatheater, or "theater within theater," is a critical approach often used in studies of Shakespearian or modern drama. Breaking new ground in the study of ancient Greek tragedy, Mark Ringer applies the concept of metatheatricality to the work of Sophocles.See more details below

Overview

Metatheater, or "theater within theater," is a critical approach often used in studies of Shakespearian or modern drama. Breaking new ground in the study of ancient Greek tragedy, Mark Ringer applies the concept of metatheatricality to the work of Sophocles.

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"This superb book is so well-elaborated, cogent, and revealing that my jaw would drop every few pages as I marveled at how well Ringer's approach illuminates the play. I especially liked the analysis of the three-actor convention, which has never before been so well handled. Also impressive is the way Ringer gracefully analyzes both dialog and action in considerable detail with great skill and insight."—Richard Hornby, University of California, Riverside

"Ringer, who actually produces plays, has shown us what it might have meant to an ancient audience to hear Tecmessa speak in the same voice that Odysseus or Athene had a bare sixty lines earlier: she would combine in her very voice the roles of sympathizer and revealer of Ajax."—Barbara Hughes Fowler, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807846971
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
05/26/1998
Edition description:
1
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
0.61(w) x 9.00(h) x 6.00(d)

Meet the Author

Mark Ringer is assistant professor of theater history and literature at Denison University. He has also worked extensively as an actor, director, dramaturg, and critic in the United States and Europe.&27;

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