Figures of Play: Greek Drama and Metafictional Poetics / Edition 1

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This highly detailed study examines both Greek tragedy and comedy and argues that all genres of Greek drama were aware of their own theatricality and developed sophisticated devices to hide their reflexivity and artifice. Dobrov suggests that this is particularly apparent in the characterisation of tragic and comic stage figures. Sophocles' Aias and Tereus , Euripides' Bakkhai , Peirithous and Bellerophontes as well as Aristophanes' Peace , Birds and Frogs are discussed and compared in detail.
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"Dobrov discusses Sophocles well. The book is relatively short but carefully documented.... All the Greek text is translated, making the book accessible to students of drama or comparative literature as well as to classicists.... In short, the book covers a lot of ground, from tragedy to comedy, performance to intertextuality, and will be of interest to scholars in many areas."—Bryn Mawr Classical Review

"Dobrov's work is impressive, nevertheless, college and university professors will find this book excellent supplemental reading for undergraduate courses on Greek drama and for advanced Greek seminars on Euripides, Sophokles, and Aristophanes." —Classical World

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195116588
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/1/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 1,269,774
  • Lexile: 1550L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Loyola University, Chicago
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Table of Contents

Pt. I Metatheater: Three Phenomenal Modes
1 Drama and Metafiction 3
2 Figures of Play, Part 1: Surface Play and the Mise en Abyme 14
3 Figures of Play, Part 2: The Comic Contrafact 33
Pt. II The Anatomy of Dramatic Fiction: Tragic Madness
4 Aias: Sophokles' Aias, Madness, and the Show Within 57
5 Pentheus: Euripides' Bakkhai as a Contest of Fictions 70
Pt. III The Anatomy of Dramatic Fiction: Comic Utopia
6 Bellerophontes: Euripides' Belleophontes and Aristophanes' Peace 89
7 Tereus: Sophokles' Tereus and Aristophanes' Birds 105
8 Herakles: Euripides' Peirithous and Aristophanes' Frogs 133
9 Conclusion 157
Notes 163
Bibliography 213
Index 233
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