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Tragic Rites : Narrative and Ritual in Sophoclean Drama - by Adriana Brook (Hardcover)

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Presenting an innovative new reading of Sophocles' plays, Tragic Rites analyzes the poetic and narrative function of ritual in the seven extant plays of Sophocles. Adriana Brook closely examines four of them—Ajax, Electra, Philoctetes, and Oedipus at Colonus—in the context of her wide-ranging consideration of the entire Sophoclean corpus. Exploring the playwright's dramatic technique, she shows how he used elements of ritual to guide the perceptions and expectations of his fifth-century audience about plot and character.

Employing both modern ritual theory and Aristotle's Poetics, Brook exposes the deep structural analogies between ritual and narrative, the parallels between mistakes in ritual and deviations from the expected in the plot, and the relationship between ritual content and dramatic closure.
Number of Pages: 237
Genre: Literary Criticism, History, Religion + Beliefs
Series Title: Wisconsin Studies in Classics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Pr
Author: Adriana Brook
Language: English
Street Date: January 16, 2018
TCIN: 53249901
UPC: 9780299313807
Item Number (DPCI): 248-59-3827

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