The Passions in Play : Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama


The Passions in Play : Thyestes and the Dynamics of Senecan Drama

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 300 p.
  • 言語 ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521818018
  • DDC分類 872.01


New in paperback. Hardcover was published in 2003.

Full Description

This monograph is devoted to the most important of Seneca's tragedies, Thyestes, which has had a notable influence on Western drama from Shakespeare to Antonin Artaud. Thyestes emerges as the mastertext of 'Silver' Latin poetry, and as an original reflection on the nature of theatre comparable to Euripides' Bacchae. The book analyses the complex structure of the play, its main themes, the relationship between Seneca's vibrant style and his obsession with dark issues of revenge and regression. Substantial discussion of other plays - especially Trojan Women, Oedipus and Medea - permits a comprehensive re-evaluation of Seneca's poetics and its pivotal role in post-Virgilian literature. Topics explored include the relationship between Seneca's plays and his theory of the emotions, the connection between poetic inspiration and the Underworld, and Seneca's treatment of time, which, in a perspective informed by psychoanalysis, is seen as a central preoccupation of Senecan tragedy.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements                                   ix
Note on translations xi
Introduction 1 (7)
1 Poetry, passions and knowledge 8 (18)
2 Staging Thyestes 26 (44)
The poetics of furor 26 (10)
Tantalus' tongue 36 (9)
Framing Thyestes 45 (16)
Tragedy, terminable and interminable 61 (9)
3 A craftier Terens 70 (69)
Thracium nefas 70 (15)
Crime, ritual and poetry 85 (13)
The logic of crime 98 (19)
Perfection, of a kind 117(22)
4 Atreus rex 139(38)
Non Buis, sed uter 139(12)
De dementia 151(26)
5 Fata se vertunt retro 177(44)
6 The poetics of passions 221(31)
Intertextuality and its discontents 221(7)
Passions and hermeneutics: the audience 228(7)
Allegories of spectatorship 235(8)
The challenge of epos 243(9)
Epilogue 252(4)
Bibliography 256(13)
Index of passages cited 269(12)
General index 281