Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660-1914, Hardback Book

Greek Tragedy and the British Theatre 1660-1914 Hardback



This lavishly illustrated book offers the first full, interdisciplinary investigation of the historical evidence for the presence of ancient Greek tragedy in the post-Restoration British theatre, where it reached a much wider audience - including women - than had access to the original texts.

Archival research has excavated substantial amounts of new material, both visual and literary, which is presented in chronological order.

But the fundamental aim is to explainwhy Greek tragedy, which played an elite role in the curricula of largely conservative schools and universities, was magnetically attractive to political radicals, progressive theatre professionals, and to the aesthetic avant-garde.

All Greek has been translated, and the book will be essential readingfor anyone interested in Greek tragedy, the reception of ancient Greece and Rome, theatre history, British social history, English studies, or comparative literature.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 768 pages, numerous halftones
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Theatre studies
  • ISBN: 9780198150879



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