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Objects as Actors : Props and the Poetics of Performance in Greek Tragedy (Hardcover) (Melissa Mueller)
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Objects as Actors charts a new approach to Greek tragedy based on an obvious, yet often overlooked, fact: Greek tragedy was meant to be performed. As plays, the works were incomplete without physical items in the form of theatrical props. In this book, Melissa Mueller ingeniously demonstrates the importance of objects in the staging and reception of Athenian tragedy.As Mueller shows, props like weapons, textiles, and even letters were uniquely positioned to capitalize on both the verbal and the material and were fully integrated into a play’s action. They could provoke surprising plot turns, elicit bold viewer reactions, and provide some of tragedy’s most thrilling moments. Whether the sword of Sophocles’sAjax, the tapestry in Aeschylus’s Agamemnon, or the tablet of Euripides’sHippolytus, props demanded attention as a means of uniting—or disrupting—time, space, and genre.Insightful and original, Objects as Actors offers a fresh perspective on the central tragic texts—and encourages us to rethink ancient theater as a whole.
Number of Pages: 272
Genre: Literary Criticism, Performing Arts
Sub-Genre: Theater / History + Criticism
Publisher: Univ of Chicago Pr
Author: Melissa Mueller
Street Date: January 8, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-6592
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