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Author Wright, Matthew (Matthew Ephraim)

Title Euripides' escape-tragedies : a study of Helen, Andromeda, and Iphigenia among the Taurians / Matthew Wright
Published Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005

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Description 1 online resource (433 pages)
Contents 1. Escape-tragedies -- 2. Myth, fiction, innovation -- 3. A tragic landscape -- 4. Tragedy of ideas -- 5. The tragic universe
Summary This book is a critical study of three late plays of Euripides. It offers a reading of the plays, which has important implications for the way in which we read Euripidean tragedy and tragedy in general. It re-evaluates the escape-tragedies (Helen, Iphigenia among the Taurians, and the fragmentary Andromeda) and argues that they are to be taken seriously as a major dramatic and intellectual achievement. The book also argues that the escape-tragedies were produced as a thematically connected trilogy in 412 BC. The book assesses the ways in which genre affects our understanding of the plays. It also examines the plays' treatment of central themes such as myth, geography, cultural identity, philosophy, and religion. These are not separate topics but are seen as being joined together to form an intricate nexus of ideas. The escape-tragedies emerge as being serious, dark, pessimistic plays which raise some disturbing questions about the human condition
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Euripides -- Criticism and interpretation
Andromeda, Princess, daughter of Cepheus, King of Ethiopia (Mythological character) -- In literature
Euripides. Iphigenia in Tauris.
Euripides. Andromeda.
Euripides. Helen.
Helen, of Troy, Queen of Sparta -- In literature
Iphigenia (Mythological character) -- In literature
SUBJECT Andromeda, Princess, daughter of Cepheus, King of Ethiopia (Mythological character) fast
Euripides fast
Helen, of Troy, Queen of Sparta fast
Iphigenia (Mythological character) fast
Andromeda (Euripides) fast
Helen (Euripides) fast
Iphigenia in Tauris (Euripides) fast
Subject Escape in literature.
Tragedy.
tragedies.
tragedy (general genre)
DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
Escape in literature
Literature
Tragedy
Tragedies.
Grieks.
Literaire genres.
Ontsnappingen.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
Author Oxford University Press
ISBN 9781435623057
1435623053
9780199274512
0199274517
1282199412
9781282199415
0191534455
9780191534454
9780191706554
0191706558