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July 23 , 2008

Rebel Women

Staging Ancient Greek Drama Today


A collection of essays by many distinguished contributors, focused on the portrayal of rebel women in ancient Greek drama

Greek drama provides the modern stage with a host of powerful female
characters who stand in opposition to the patriarchal structures that
seek to limit and define them. For contemporary theatre directors their
representation serves as a vehicle for examining and illuminating
issues of gender, power, family and morality, as germane today as when
the plays were first written.

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Rebel Women brings together
essays by leading writers from across different disciplines examining
the representation of ancient Greek heroines in their original contexts
and on today's stage. Divided into three sections, it considers in turn
international productions, Irish versions, and studies of the original
texts. The articles explore how such characters as Iphigenia, Medea,
Antigone and Clytemnestra have been portrayed in recent times and the
challenges and provocation they offer to both contemporary audiences
and dramatists alike.

'Seamus Heaney and Athol Fugard are brought
together as contributors by the inspiration that ancient Greek tragedy
has offered to them both. There are offerings here on Iphigenia, Medea,
Antigone, Clytemnestra, film, drama, Greece, Russia ... and especially
Ireland. Amidst all this variety, the level of interest and of
scholarship are consistently high.' Oliver Taplin, Professor of
Classical Languages and Literature, Oxford University

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