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The Eating of the Gods by Jan Kott

In The Eating of the Gods the distinguished Polish critic Jan Kott reexamines Greek tragedy from the modern perspective. As in his earlier acclaimed Shakespeare Our Contemporary, Kott provides startling insights and intuitive leaps which link our world to that of the ancient Greeks. The title refers to the Bacchae of Euripides, that tragedy of lust, revenge, murder, and "the joy of eating raw flesh" which Kott finds paradigmatic in its violence and bloodshed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810107458
Publisher: Northwestern University Press
Publication date: 06/28/1987
Edition description: 1
Pages: 334
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jan Kott was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1914. In 1969 he left Poland for the United States. He received the 1985 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for The Theater of Essence (Northwestern University Press, 1984).

Table of Contents

The Vertical Axis, or The Ambiguities of Prometheus
Ajax Thrice Deceived, or The Heroism of the Absurd
The Veiled Alcestis
"But Where Now Is Famous Heracles?"
    I. The Faces of Heracles
    II. Black Sophocles, or the Circulation of Poisons
    III. "Oh to Be a Stone!"
    IV. Philoctetes, or The Refusal
The Eating of the Gods, or The Bacchae
     Medea at Pescara 
     Orestes, Electra, Hamlet
     Lucian in Cymbeline

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