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Dying acts : death in ancient Greek and modern Irish tragic drama, Fiona Macintosh

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Dying acts : death in ancient Greek and modern Irish tragic drama
Title
Dying acts : death in ancient Greek and modern Irish tragic drama
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Fiona Macintosh
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Dying Acts explores the relationship between the dramatic representations of death in two societies where elaborate rituals make death and dying a part of the process of living, in a way that is now alien to most modern Western societies. But it is not simply the shared conception of death that makes a comparison between the Greek tragedies and the Irish plays, written some two and a half thousand years later, both a valuable and instructive task. The fact that mythical material - just as in classical Greece - forms the basis for many Irish plays written during the Literary Revival also makes such a comparison useful. Moreover, the writers of the Irish tragedies discussed - notably Yeats, O'Casey and Synge - explicitly turned to the Greek tragedians as 'exempla' in their attempt to found a national theatre. The Irish hero Cuchulain was regularly compared to the Greek heroes Heracles and Achilles by Celtic scholars, no less than by the playwrights themselves. This wide-ranging study uncovers the genuine affinities which do exist and examines the political and social context of their works. It is a subtle and intelligent exploration with unexpected and rewarding conclusions."--Jacket
  • "Dying Acts explores the relationship between the dramatic representations of death in two societies where elaborate rituals make death and dying a part of the process of living, in a way that is now alien to most modern Western societies. But it is not simply the shared conception of death that makes a comparison between the Greek tragedies and the Irish plays, written some two and a half thousand years later, both a valuable and instructive task. The fact that mythical material - just as in classical Greece - forms the basis for many Irish plays written during the Literary Revival also makes such a comparison useful. Moreover, the writers of the Irish tragedies discussed - notably Yeats, O'Casey and Synge - explicitly turned to the Greek tragedians as 'exempla' in their attempt to found a national theatre. The Irish hero Cuchulain was regularly compared to the Greek heroes Heracles and Achilles by Celtic scholars, no less than by the playwrights themselves. This wide-ranging study uncovers the genuine affinities which do exist and examines the political and social context of their works. It is a subtle and intelligent exploration with unexpected and rewarding conclusions."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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1959-
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Macintosh, Fiona
Dewey number
822/.051209354
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR8789
LC item number
.M33 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Comparative literature
  • Comparative literature
  • English drama (Tragedy)
  • Death in literature
  • English drama (Tragedy)
  • English drama (Tragedy)
  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Greek drama (Tragedy)
  • Comparative literature
  • Comparative literature
  • Synge, J. M.
  • English drama (Tragedy)
  • O'Casey, Sean
  • Death in literature
  • Yeats, W. B.
  • Tragödie
  • Tod
  • Drama
  • Tod (Motiv)
  • Griechisch
  • Irland
  • Englisch
Label
Dying acts : death in ancient Greek and modern Irish tragic drama, Fiona Macintosh
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Publication
Note
Enlargement of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of London, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-198) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
32470004
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 212 pages
Isbn
9780312125554
Lccn
95128053
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)32470004
Label
Dying acts : death in ancient Greek and modern Irish tragic drama, Fiona Macintosh
Publication
Note
Enlargement of author's thesis (doctoral)--University of London, 1991
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 183-198) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
32470004
Dimensions
23 cm
Extent
xx, 212 pages
Isbn
9780312125554
Lccn
95128053
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)32470004

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