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Electra and the Empty Urn: Metatheater and Role Playing in Sophocles

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Metatheater, or "theater within theater," is a critical approach often used in studies of Shakespearian or modern drama. Breaking new ground in the study of ancient Greek tragedy, Mark Ringer applies the concept of metatheatricality to the work of Sophocles. His innovative analysis sheds light on Sophocles' technical ingenuity and reveals previously unrecognized facets of fifth-century performative irony.

Ringer analyzes the layers of theatrical self-awareness in all seven

Sophoclean tragedies, giving special attention to Electra, the

playwright's most metatheatrical work. He focuses on plays within plays,

characters who appear to be in rivalry with their playwright in "scripting"

their dramas, and the various roles that characters assume in their attempts to deceive other characters or even themselves. Ringer also examines instances of literal role playing, exploring the implications of the Greek convention of sharing multiple roles among only three actors.

Sophocles has long been praised as one of the masters of dramatic

irony. Awareness of Sophoclean metatheater, Ringer shows, deepens our appreciation of that irony and reveals the playwright's keen awareness of his art.

Synopsis:

Applies the concept of metatheater, or "theater within theater" to the work of Sophocles. Analyzes all seven Sophoclean tragedies, revealing previously unrecognized facets of fifth-century performative irony.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 235-246) and index.

About the Author

Mark Ringer is assistant professor of theater history and literature at Denison University. He has also worked extensively as an actor, director, dramaturg, and critic in the United States and Europe.

Table of Contents

"Contents

Preface

Chapter 1. Introduction

Product Details

ISBN:
9780807846971
Author:
Ringer, Mark
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
Drama
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Tragedy
Subject:
Greek drama
Subject:
Greek drama (Tragedy)
Subject:
Mythology, Greek, in literature
Subject:
Drama -- Technique.
Subject:
Role playing in literature.
Subject:
Electra
Subject:
Ancient & Classical
Subject:
critical approach; ancient Greek tragedy; Electra; tragedies; dramatic irony; theater history; classics
Subject:
critical approach
Subject:
ancient Greek tragedy
Subject:
Tragedies
Subject:
dramatic irony
Subject:
Theater -- History.
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
v. 1549
Publication Date:
19980526
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9.3 x 5.6 in

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