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The Seal of Orestes: Self-Reference and Authority in Sophocles' Electra
     

The Seal of Orestes: Self-Reference and Authority in Sophocles' Electra

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by Ann G. Batchelder
 

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In this groundbreaking inquiry into the poetics of authenticity and authority in Sophocles' Electra, Batchelder looks at Aegisthus and Orestes as rival dramatists, who each use the illusions of the theater in a struggle for control of Mycenae. She demonstrates that the Seal of Orestes-the signet ring of his father-is the recognition token not only for Electra, but

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In this groundbreaking inquiry into the poetics of authenticity and authority in Sophocles' Electra, Batchelder looks at Aegisthus and Orestes as rival dramatists, who each use the illusions of the theater in a struggle for control of Mycenae. She demonstrates that the Seal of Orestes-the signet ring of his father-is the recognition token not only for Electra, but also for the entire play, revealing Electra as a self-referential play about play writing.

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The author's argument relies on close textual analysis . . . she writes well, explains her choices among variant manuscripts readings, and includes evidence of thorough research . . . Beautifully designed and produced, the book includes footnotes and a splendid bibliography.
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The author's argument relies on close textual analysis . . . she writes well, explains her choices among variant manuscripts readings, and includes evidence of thorough research . . . Beautifully designed and produced, the book includes footnotes and a splendid bibliography.
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Argues that Sophocles' play makes reference not only to his own poetry but to theater itself as the medium through which the dramatist expresses his poetry. Also sees the signet ring of the character Orestes as validating his authority to rule Athens and the theater, which as officially sanctioned is a reflection of the state. All the quotations are in both Greek and English. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780847679911
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Greek Studies: Interdisciplinary Approaches Series
Pages:
180
Product dimensions:
5.86(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.40(d)

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Ann G. Batchelder is assistant professor at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.

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