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Adapting Greek Tragedy
Contemporary Contexts for Ancient Texts

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Vayos Liapis, Katja Krebs, Peter Meineck, Lorna Hardwick, Avra Sidiropoulou, Adam Lecznar, Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Peter Campbell, Simon Perris, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Elke Steinmeyer, Anastasia Bakogianni
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  • Date Published: March 2023
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316609408

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  • Adaptations of Greek tragedy are increasingly claiming our attention as a dynamic way of engaging with a dramatic genre that flourished in Greece some twenty-five centuries ago but remains as vital as ever. In this volume, fifteen leading scholars and practitioners of the theatre systematically discuss contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedy and explore the challenges and rewards involved therein. Adopting a variety of methodologies, viewpoints and approaches, the volume offers surveys of recent developments in the field, engages with challenging theoretical issues, and shows how adapting Greek tragedy can throw new light on a range of contemporary issues — from our relation to the classical past and our shifting perceptions of ethnic and cultural identities to the place, function and market-value of Greek drama in today's cultural industries. The volume will be welcomed by students and scholars in Classics, Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies, as well as by theatre practitioners.

    • Offers a comprehensive treatment of the growing body of contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedy
    • Uses contemporary adaptations of Greek tragedy as a tool to explore artistic engagement with ideological, political and moral issues in today's world
    • Features original interviews with three internationally leading theatre artists
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    Reviews & endorsements

    ‘… this is a volume that is broad in its aims and encompasses vast swathes of intellectual enquiry, political event, and theatrical activity. It will be especially useful for teachers of Greek tragic reception, and of interest to wider audiences too.’ Lucy Jackson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2023
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316609408
    • length: 446 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.65kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Prelude: Adapting Greek Tragedy: A Historical Perspective Vayos Liapis
    Part I: Adapting Greek Tragedy: Definitions, Conceptual Foundations, Ethics:
    1. Definitions: Adaptation and Related Modalities Katja Krebs
    2. Forsaking the Fidelity Discourse: The Application of Adaptation Peter Meineck
    3. Translation and/as Adaptation Lorna Hardwick
    4. Adaptation as a Love Affair: The Ethics of Directing the Greeks Avra Sidiropoulou
    Part II: Adaptation on the Page and on the Stage: Re-inscribing the Greek Classics:
    5. Interlude: Speaking Up: Theatre Practitioners on Adapting the Classics
    6. The View from the Archive: Performances of Ancient Tragedy at the National Theatre, 1963–1973 Adam Lecznar
    7. Compromise, Contingency, and Gendered Adaptation: The Case of the Malthouse's Antigone Jane Montgomery Griffiths
    8. Technology, Media and Intermediality in Contemporary Adaptations of Greek Tragedy Peter Campbell
    9. Violence in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy Simon Perris
    10. Adaptations of Greek Tragedies in non-Western Performance Cultures Erika Fischer-Lichte
    11. Cultural Identities: Appropriations of Greek Tragedy in Post-colonial Discourse Elke Steinmeyer
    12. Trapped between Fidelity and Adaptation? On the Reception of Ancient Greek Tragedy in Modern Greece Anastasia Bakogianni
    13. Adaptation and the Transtextual Palimpsest: Anne Carson's Antigonick as a Textual/Visual Hybrid Vayos Liapis.

  • Editors

    Vayos Liapis, Open University of Cyprus
    Vayos Liapis is Professor of Ancient Theatre and Its Reception at the Open University of Cyprus. He is the author of A Commentary on the Rhesus Attributed to Euripides (2012) and co-editor of Greek Tragedy after the Fifth Century (Cambridge, 2018). He is the recipient of the 2018 National Prize for the Translation of Ancient Greek Literature into Modern Greek (Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports).

    Avra Sidiropoulou, Open University of Cyprus
    Avra Sidiropoulou is Associate Professor of Contemporary Theatre Theory and Practice at the Open University of Cyprus, and Artistic Director of Persona Theatre Company. She is the author of Directions for Directing: Theatre and Method (2018) and Authoring Performance: The Director in Contemporary Theatre (2011). She was nominated for the 2020 Gilder/Coigney International Award by the League of Professional Theatre Women in New York.


    Vayos Liapis, Katja Krebs, Peter Meineck, Lorna Hardwick, Avra Sidiropoulou, Adam Lecznar, Jane Montgomery Griffiths, Peter Campbell, Simon Perris, Erika Fischer-Lichte, Elke Steinmeyer, Anastasia Bakogianni

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