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.
|Publisher:||Northwestern University Press|
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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
PrefaceIntroductionThe Vertical Axis, or The Ambiguities of PrometheusAjax Thrice Deceived, or The Heroism of the AbsurdThe 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 RefusalThe Eating of the Gods, or The BacchaeAppendices Medea at Pescara Orestes, Electra, Hamlet Lucian in CymbelineNotesIndex