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Reading Greek Tragedy
An advanced critical introduction to Greek tragedy for those who do not read Greek. Combines the best contemporary scholarly analysis of the classics with a wide knowledge of contemporary literary studies in discussing the masterpieces of Athenian drama.
Paperback, 302 pages
Published May 8th 1986 by Cambridge University Press
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If you are someone who has read Greek tragedy on your own and enjoyed it, then this book may be for you. It is almost impossible for someone without a solid grounding in Greek culture, history, mythology, and philosophy to fully grasp the tragedies. Goldhill's literary criticism of the tragedies is revelatory. He opens up the tragedies to reveal layer upon layer of subtext. His discussion of the use of language in The Oresteia is near-breathtaking and this book will make one see the masterworks ...more
This book aims to apply cutting edge, post-structuralist theory to the study of Greek tragedy and the principal result of this is an unhelpful emphasis on the ambivalence of tragic textuality. He claims this ambivalence is related to the cognitive flux of the fifth century, plausible but also an easy way to cut the process of interpretation short with only simplistic results. Theory does provide Goldhill with the apparatus to convincingly 'deconstruct' the totalizing scholarship of the likes of ...more