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The gentle, jealous god : reading Euripides' Bacchae in English / Simon Perris.

Author:
Perris, Simon, 1979- [Browse]
Format:
Book
Language:
English
Published/​Created:
  • London, UK ; New York, NY, USA : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.
  • ©2016
Description:
ix, 237 pages ; 25 cm.
Series:
Bloomsbury studies in classical reception. [More in this series]
Summary note:
Euripides' Bacchae is the magnum opus of the ancient world's most popular dramatist. Yet the play is the most modern, perhaps postmodern, of ancient plays. Twentieth-century poets and playwrights often turned their hand to Bacchae, leaving the play with an especially rich and varied translation history. It has also been subjected to several fashions of criticism and interpretation over the years, all reflected in, influencing, and influenced by translation. This book examines a selection of English translations from the early 20th century to the early 21st and sets them in their scholarly context. Simon Perris presents a fascinating cultural history of one of world theatre's landmark classics. He explores the reception of the classical ideal in a violent and turmoil-ridden era. He illustrates the enduring appeal of Dionysus and Bacchae in a secular milieu and demonstrates by example that translation matters, or should matter, to readers, actors, directors, students, and scholars of ancient drama.
Bibliographic references:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 179-228) and indexes.
Contents:
Reading Bacchae, reading Dionysus -- Rated R: adaptation, violence, revolution -- Dionysus, lord and saviour: Gilbert Murray, the Bacchae of Euripides (1902) -- Nothing to do with modernism?: H.D., "choros translations from the Bacchae" (1931) -- Dionysus in Ireland: Derek Mahon, the Bacchae: after Euripides (1991) -- East and west: Colin Teevan, Euripides: Bacchai (2002) -- These go to eleven: David Greig, Euripides: the Bacchae (2007) -- Epilogue: Robin Robertson, Euripides: Bacchae (2014) and Anne Carson, Euripides: Bakkhai (2015).
Subject(s):
Form/​Genre:
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN:
  • 9781472513533 ((hardback))
  • 1472513533 ((hardback))
  • ((ePDF))
  • ((ePub))
LCCN:
2016027337
OCLC:
951832987
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