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Metapoetry in Euripides
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Metapoetry in Euripides

Isabelle Torrance


This book is the first detailed study of self-conscious aspects of Euripidean drama. This book argues that Euripides employed a complex system of metapoetic devices in order to draw the audience’s attention to the novelty of his compositions, and that these are interwoven with issues of thematic importance, whether social, theological or political. The metapoetic strategies discussed include intertextual allusions to earlier poetic texts, especially to Homer, Aeschylus and Sophocles, often developed around unusual and memorable language or imagery, deployment of recognizable trigger words refe ... More

Keywords: Euripides, metapoetry, novelty, intertextual allusions, Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, satyr-drama, old comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199657834
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199657834.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Isabelle Torrance, author
Assistant Professor of Classics, University of Notre Dame