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The Resource Figures of play : Greek drama and metafictional poetics, Gregory W. Dobrov

Figures of play : Greek drama and metafictional poetics, Gregory W. Dobrov

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Figures of play : Greek drama and metafictional poetics
Title
Figures of play
Title remainder
Greek drama and metafictional poetics
Statement of responsibility
Gregory W. Dobrov
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Language
eng
Summary
Figures of Play explores the reflexive aspects of ancient theatrical culture across genres. Fifth century tragedy and comedy sublimated the agonistic basis of Greek civilization in a way that invited the community of the polis to confront itself. In the theatre, as in the courts and assemblies, a significant subset of the Athenian public was spectator and judge of contests where important social and ideological issues were played to it by its own members. The "syntax" of drama is shown to involve specific "figures of play" through which the theatrical medium turns back on itself to study the various contexts of its production. Greek tragedy and comedy were argued to be tempermentally metafictional in that they are always involved in recycling older fictions into contemporary scenarios of immediate relevance to the polis. The phemonenology of this process is discussed under three headings, each a "figure of play": 1) surface play--momentary disruption of the theatrical pretense through word, sign, gesture; 2) mise en abyme--a mini-drama embedded in a larger framework; 3) contrafact--an extended remake in which one play is based on another.; Following three chapters in which this framework is set forth and illustrated with concrete examples there are five case studies named after the protagonists of the plays in question: Aias, Pentheus, Tereus, Bellerophontes, Herakles. Hence the other meaning of "figures of play" as stage figures. In the second section of the book on "the Anatomy of Dramatic Fiction," special attention is paid to the interaction between genres. In particular, Aristophanic comedy is shown to be engaged in an intense rivalry with tragedy that underscores the different ways in which each genre deployed its powers of representation. Tragedy refashions myth: in Bakkhai, for example, it is argued that Euripides reinvented Dionysis to be specifically a theatrical god, a symbol of tragedy's powers of representation. Comedy refashions tragedy: in a series of utopian comedies, Aristophanes re-enacts a tragic scenario in a way that revals comedy as a superior means of solving political and social crisis
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digitized
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1957-
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Dobrov, Gregory W.
Dewey number
882/.0109
Index
index present
LC call number
PA3136
LC item number
.D63 2001eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Greek drama
  • Performing arts in literature
  • Poetics
  • Theater in literature
  • Aesthetics, Ancient
  • Drama
  • Théâtre grec
  • Arts du spectacle dans la littérature
  • Théâtre dans la littérature
  • Esthétique ancienne
  • Théâtre (Genre littéraire)
  • Poétique
  • DRAMA
  • Aesthetics, Ancient
  • Drama
  • Greek drama
  • Performing arts in literature
  • Poetics
  • Theater in literature
  • Toneelstukken
  • Grieks
Label
Figures of play : Greek drama and metafictional poetics, Gregory W. Dobrov
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unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-231) and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
PART I: METATHEATER: THREE PHENOMENAL MODES: Drama and metafiction -- Figures of play, Part 1: surface play and Mise en Abyme -- Figures of play, Part 2: the comic contrafact -- PART II: THE ANATOMY OF DRAMATIC FICTION: TRAGIC MADNESS: Aias, Sophokles' Aias, Madness and the show within -- Pentheus: Euripides' Bakkhai as a contest of fictions -- PART III: THE ANATOMY OF DRAMATIC FICTION: COMIC UTOPIA: Bellerophontes: Euripides' Bellerophontes and Aristophanes' Peace -- Tereus: Sophokles' Tereus and Aristophanes' Birds -- Herakles: Euripides' Peirithous and Aristophanes' Frogs -- Conclusion
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65171733
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1 online resource (viii, 238 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780195353785
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computer
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rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
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not applicable
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unknown
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Electronic reproduction.
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)65171733
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Figures of play : Greek drama and metafictional poetics, Gregory W. Dobrov
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 213-231) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
PART I: METATHEATER: THREE PHENOMENAL MODES: Drama and metafiction -- Figures of play, Part 1: surface play and Mise en Abyme -- Figures of play, Part 2: the comic contrafact -- PART II: THE ANATOMY OF DRAMATIC FICTION: TRAGIC MADNESS: Aias, Sophokles' Aias, Madness and the show within -- Pentheus: Euripides' Bakkhai as a contest of fictions -- PART III: THE ANATOMY OF DRAMATIC FICTION: COMIC UTOPIA: Bellerophontes: Euripides' Bellerophontes and Aristophanes' Peace -- Tereus: Sophokles' Tereus and Aristophanes' Birds -- Herakles: Euripides' Peirithous and Aristophanes' Frogs -- Conclusion
Control code
65171733
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 238 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780195353785
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)65171733
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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