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Electra (Greek Tragedy in New Translations)

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Publisher Comments:

Based on the conviction that only translators who write poetry themselves can properly recreate the celebrated and timeless tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the Greek Tragedy in New Translations series offers new translations that go beyond the literal meaning of the Greek in order to evoke the poetry of the originals. Under the general editorship of Peter Burian and Alan Shapiro, each volume includes a critical introduction, commentary on the text, full stage directions, and a glossary of the mythical and geographical references in the play.

Although it has been at times overshadowed by his more famous Oedipus Tyrannus and Antigone, Sophocles' Electra is remarkable for its extreme emotions and taut drama.

Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy, as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance.

Sophocles presents this story as a savage though necessary act of vengeance, vividly depicting Electra's grief, anger, and exultation. This translation equals the original in ferocity of expression, and leaves intact the inarticulate cries of suffering and joy that fill the play.

Synopsis:

Bringing new life to this important work, renowned poet Anne Carson and distinguished classicist Michael Shaw flesh out all the suspense and horror that make "Electra" a classic of Greek tragedy.

About the Author

Anne Carson is McNaughton Professor of Classics at McGill University, Canada. Michael Shaw is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Kansas.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195049602
Translator:
Carson, Anne
Introduction:
Shaw, Michael
Introduction by:
Shaw, Michael
Introduction:
Shaw, Michael
Author:
null, Ann E.
Author:
null, Michael
Author:
Shaw, Michael
Author:
Sophocles, E. A.
Author:
Sophocles
Author:
Carson, Anne
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Electra (Greek mythology)
Subject:
Greek & Roman
Subject:
Classical Studies | Classical Literature in Translation
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series:
Greek Tragedy in New Translations
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
20010431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
illus.
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
5 x 7.6 x 0.4 in 0.369 lb

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