Telling tragedy: narrative technique in Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides

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Duckworth, 1999 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 214 pages
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Greek tragedy stages stories - ones already thoroughly familiar to their original audiences. Using recent narrative theory, this book explores the narrative strategies that sustain the complex relationship between the tragic poet and his sophisticated audience. It discusses how these sprawling stories were typically shaped by Aeschylus into suspenseful dramatic form; and then, once narrative patterns had become established, how these patterns were successively adapted, subverted, capped or ignored by Sophocles and Euripides in the annual attempt to recreate suspense and express fresh meanings relevant to the difficult last decades of the fifth century.

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Barbara Goward teaches Classics at Birkbeck College, London.

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