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Tradition, Translation, TraumaThe Classic and the Modern$
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Jan Parker and Timothy Mathews

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199554591

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199554591.001.0001

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What’s Hecuba to him…that he should weep for her?

What’s Hecuba to him…that he should weep for her?

(p.245) 13 What’s Hecuba to him…that he should weep for her?
Tradition, Translation, Trauma

Jan Parker

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores various ‘mournings for Electra’ and suggests that the collapsing of temporal, cultural, and [meta]theatrical distance can be seen as more than improper: as potentially traumatic. That pathos and trauma originate and communicate differently. And that the difference between Hecuba and Electra is one of specificity of dramaturgy — crying for/with Hecuba is a very different matter from grieving over Electra.

Keywords:   Greek tragedy, Electra, Hecuba, mourning, pathos, trauma, dramaturgy

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