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Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages
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Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages

Tanya Pollard

Abstract

Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages argues that ancient Greek plays exerted a powerful and uncharted influence on early modern England’s dramatic landscape. Drawing on original research to challenge longstanding assumptions about Greek texts’ invisibility, the book shows not only that the plays were more prominent than we have believed, but that early modern readers and audiences responded powerfully to specific plays and themes. The Greek plays most popular in the period were not male-centered dramas such as Sophocles’ Oedipus, but tragedies by Euripides that focused on raging bereaved ... More

Keywords: Shakespeare, Greek, tragedy, Euripides, Hecuba, women, theater, sympathy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198793113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198793113.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tanya Pollard, author
Professor, English Department, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York