Choral mediations in greek tragedy

Renaud Gagné, Marianne Govers Hopman

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This volume explores how the choruses of Greek tragedy creatively combined media and discourses to generate their own specific forms of meaning. The contributors analyse choruses as fictional, religious and civic performers; as combinations of text, song and dance; and as objects of reflection in themselves, in relation and contrast to the choruses of comedy and melic poetry. Drawing on earlier analyses of the social context of Greek drama, the non-textual dimensions of tragedy, and the relations between dramatic and melic choruses, the chapters explore the uses of various analytic tools in allowing us better to capture the specificity of the tragic chorus. Special attention is given to the physicality of choral dancing, musical interactions between choruses and actors, the trajectories of reception, and the treatment of time and space in the odes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages429
ISBN (Electronic)9781139519564
ISBN (Print)9781107033283
StatePublished - Jan 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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