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Author Emde Boas, Evert van, 1982- author.

Title Language and character in Euripides' Electra / Evert van Emde Boas
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (xiv, 319 pages)
Series Oxford Classical Monographs
Oxford classical monographs.
Contents Introduction: Modern linguistics and Euripides' Electra -- Rustic language : The peasant -- Constancy amid change : The linguistic characterization of Electra -- Orestes' linguistic (dis)guises -- Redrawing the lines : pragmatics and gender in textual criticism -- A tense affair: The Messenger Speech -- The language of rhetoric : The Agōn revisited -- Conclusion: Approaching tragic language
Summary This study of Euripides' Electra approaches the play through the lens of modern linguistics. A variety of modern linguistics theories (conversation analysis, pragmatics, sociolinguistics (on gender and politeness), paroemiology, and discourse studies) are introduced and then applied to the text of the play, with the aim of enhancing literary interpretation. The book has a specific focus on issues of characterization and demonstrates how Euripides shaped his figures through their use of language. In addition, some of the play's major textual issues are tackled using the same linguistic methodology. An introductory chapter treats each of the linguistic approaches used throughout the book and discusses some of the general issues surrounding the play's interpretation. This is followed by chapters on the figures of the Peasant (chapter I), Electra herself (chapter II), and Orestes (chapter III)--in each case showing how these figures' characterization is determined by their speaking style and their 'linguistic behaviour'. The book argues for a balanced interpretation of the main characters, challenging dominant scholarly opinion on this play. Three further chapters focus on textual criticism in stichomythia (chapter IV), on the messenger speech (chapter V), and on the agōn (chapter VI). A conclusion evaluates the linguistic approach adopted and discusses possibilities for further research along these lines
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 280-302) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Euripides. Electra.
Euripides -- Characters
SUBJECT Electra (Euripides) fast
Subject DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
Characters and characteristics
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780192512208