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Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context (Donald J Mastronarde) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521768399
Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context (Donald J Mastronarde) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2010) 9780521768399
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Title: The Art of Euripides: Dramatic Technique and Social Context

Author: Mastronarde, Donald J

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2010

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521768399

Volumes: 1; Pages: 396

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In this book Professor Mastronarde draws on the seventeen surviving tragedies of Euripides, as well as the fragmentary remains of his lost plays, to explore key topics in the interpretation of the plays. It investigates their relation to the Greek poetic tradition and to the social and political structures of their original setting, aiming both to be attentive to the great variety of the corpus and to identify commonalities across it. In examining such topics as genre, structural strategies, the chorus, the gods, rhetoric, and the portrayal of women and men, this study highlights the ways in which audience responses are manipulated through the use of plot structures and the multiplicity of viewpoints expressed. It argues that the dramas of Euripides, through their dramatic technique, pose a strong challenge to simple formulations of norms, to the reading of consistent human character, and to the quest for certainty and closure.ContentsPreface1. Approaching Euripides2. Problems of genre3. Dramatic structures: variety and unity4. The chorus5. The gods6. Rhetoric and character7. Women8. Euripidean males and the limits of autonomyConclusion
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