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The mediation in late twentieth-century English theatres of selected ancient Greek tragedy texts and themes concerned with women and power

Hazel, Ruth Mary (1999). The mediation in late twentieth-century English theatres of selected ancient Greek tragedy texts and themes concerned with women and power. PhD thesis. The Open University.

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This thesis posits a dialogue between ancient Greek and modern English theatres and gives evidence of this dialogue by relating Merent aspects of modem theatre to the recent performance reception in England of specific Greek texts or images which are concerned with women possessed of or by some extraordinary power.

Chapter I opens with an account of the aims and scope of the thesis, and discusses some of the problems of translating ancient Greek tragedies onto modem English stages. Each of the following chapters examines some aspect of late twentiethcentury English theatre in relation to its reception through performance of a Greek original text or theme.
Chapter 2 deals with changes in English theatre over the last three decades, as reflected by versions of the Bacchae. Chapter 3 is about the role of the actress in performing Medea. Chapter 4 discusses how playwrights have translated for theatre some ancient Greek myths concerning women and sex. Chapter 5 considers the use of Antigone in the field of drama in education, and Chapter 6, the part women theatre practitioners have played in translating Greek drama into English theatres, with special reference to two productions of 'anti-war' plays: the Royal National Theatre's Women of Troy and the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Phoenician Women.

The final section of the last chapter reflects on the way the anxieties of male creators and consumers of Greek tragedies about women with power have been interpreted in English theatres, and the importance of the study of reception through performance for scholars working on the original texts.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Copyright Holders: 1999 The Author
Keywords: Euripides; Greek drama; Greek tragedy; women in theatre; power in literature; women in literature; theatre production and direction;
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Item ID: 18864
Depositing User: Ann McAloon
Date Deposited: 11 Nov 2009 10:56
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 01:10
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