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Postdramatic Tragedies

Emma Cole


Ancient tragedy has played a well-documented role in contemporary theatre since the mid-twentieth century. In addition to the often-commented-upon watershed productions, however, is a significant but overlooked history involving classical tragedy in experimental and avant-garde theatre. Postdramatic Tragedies focuses upon such experimental reinventions. It analyses receptions of Greek and Roman tragedy that come under the banner of ‘postdramatic theatre’, a style of performance in which the traditional components of drama, such as character and narrative, are subordinate to the immediate, affe ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, ancient drama, postdramatic theatre, classical reception, adaptation, Sarah Kane, Martin Crimp, Jan Fabre, the Wooster Group, Tom Holloway

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198817680
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198817680.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Cole, author
Lecturer in Liberal Arts and Classics, University of Bristol