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The Civic Spectacle : Essays on Drama and Community :  Essays on Drama and Community - Mera J. Flaumenhaft

The Civic Spectacle : Essays on Drama and Community

Essays on Drama and Community

Paperback Published: August 1994
ISBN: 9780847679645
Number Of Pages: 120

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In this exploration of four plays by Aeschylus, Euripides, Machiavelli and Shakespeare, Mera Flaumenhaft argues that, by revising well-known myths or histories, each playwright reshapes the community for which he writes. Emphasizing the context in which the plays have been read and performed, she examines the moral and political effects of each drama and its production, from the role of classical tragedy in MAINtaining the classical city, to the role of the modern history play in forming and maintaining the nation-state. Flaumenhaft demonstrates how the playwright's presentation of political themes within each drama relates to his view of the broadly political function of theater in his society.

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These essays are as deep as they are lucid; Flaumenhaft succeeds splendidly in her goal of using 'ordinary language' to 'think about the primary questions in our real lives.'--William Mullen, Bard College

Introductionp. 1
Seeing Justice Done: Aeschylus's Oresteiap. 7
Looking Together in Athens: Euripides' Bacchae and the Festival of Dionysusp. 57
The Comic Remedy in Private Spectacle: Machiavelli's Mandragolap. 85
Three Views of Henry V: Shakespeare, Olivier, and Branaghp. 127
Indexp. 167
About the Authorp. 169
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ISBN: 9780847679645
ISBN-10: 0847679640
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 120
Published: August 1994
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.04
Weight (kg): 0.27