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Theatre of the CondemnedClassical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands$
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Gonda Van Steen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572885

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572885.001.0001

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Introduction: Collectivity within the Confines of an Island

Introduction: Collectivity within the Confines of an Island

(p.1) Introduction: Collectivity within the Confines of an Island
Theatre of the Condemned

Gonda Van Steen

Oxford University Press

The introduction to this book explains the historical and political context in which the productions of ancient drama originated on the prison islands of the Greek Civil War in the late 1940s and through the 1950s (and thus against the backdrop of the international Cold War). It discusses the unusual cultural phenomenon of theater on these prison islands, introduces the various source materials and methodological issues (including the problem of the scarcity of source materials and the questions posed by oral testimonies), and provides a preview of the subsequent chapters.

Keywords:   Greece, modern, political prisoners, prison islands, ancient drama, Greek Civil War, Cold War, exile, anticommunism

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