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Author Riley, Kathleen, 1974-

Title The reception and performance of Euripides' Herakles : reasoning madness / Kathleen Riley
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008


Description 1 online resource (viii, 398 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford classical monographs
Oxford classical monographs.
Contents 'No longer himself': the tragic fall of Euripides' Herakles -- 'Let the monster be mine': Seneca and the internalization of imperial furor -- A peculiar compound: Hercules as Renaissance man -- 'Even the earth is not room enough': Herculean selfhood on the Elizabethan stage -- Sophist, sceptic, sentimentalist: the nineteenth-century damnatio of Euripides -- The Browning version: Aristophanes' Apology and 'the perfect piece' -- The psychological hero: Herakles' lost self and the creation of Nervenkunst -- Herakles' apotheosis: the tragedy of Superman -- The Herakles complex: a Senecan diagnosis of the 'Family Annihilator' -- Creating a Herakles for our times: a montage of modern madness
Summary Euripides' Herakles, which tells the story of the hero's sudden descent into filicidal madness, is one of the least familiar and least performed plays in the Greek tragic canon. Kathleen Riley's study is the first to examine the reception and performance history of Euripides' Herakles from the fifth century BC to AD 2006. Riley demonstrates that, in spite of its infrequent staging, the Herakles has always surfaced in historically charged circumstances - Nero's Rome, Shakespeare's England, Freud's Vienna, Cold War and post-9/11 America - and as had an impact on the history of ideas
Analysis Humaniora Historie
Notes "This book began life as an Oxford D. Phil. thesis"--Preface
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 368-387) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Euripides. Heracles.
Heracles (Greek mythological character) -- In literature
Heracles (Greek mythological character) -- Drama
SUBJECT Heracles (Greek mythological character) fast
Heracles (Euripides) fast
Subject Mental illness in literature.
DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
Mental illness in literature
Heracles (Euripides)
Voorstellingen (uitvoerende kunsten)
Genre/Form Drama
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780191560019