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Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages$
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Tanya Pollard

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198793113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198793113.001.0001

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Recovering Greek Tragic Women

(p.1) Introduction
Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages

Tanya Pollard

Oxford University Press

The Introduction, “Recovering Greek Tragic Women,” establishes the book’s key premises by documenting the habitual early modern identification of tragedy and comedy with their Greek origins, and linking emerging conceptions of these genres with the Greek plays most frequently published, translated, performed, and discussed in the period. It explores the model of theatrical sympathy that emerges in early modern responses to these plays through examining commentaries on and translations of the period’s most popular Greek play, Euripides’ Hecuba, and reflects on their broader implications for understanding the period’s responses to classical literary precursors. The Introduction argues that responses to tragic icons such as Hecuba from playwrights including Shakespeare offer a specifically theatrical model for intertextual engagement, challenging assumptions not only about the nature of Greek reception in the period but also about the nature of dramatic collaboration.

Keywords:   Shakespeare, Greek, dramatic genres, tragedy, sympathy, Euripides, Hecuba, intertextuality

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