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Dionysiac Poetics and Euripides' Bacchae

Dionysiac Poetics and Euripides' Bacchae

Charles Segal
4.5/5 (16 ratings)
In his play Bacchae, Euripides chooses as his central figure the god who crosses the boundaries among god, man, and beast, between reality and imagination, and between art and madness. In so doing, he explores what in tragedy is able to reach beyond the social, ritual, and historical context from which tragedy itself rises. Charles Segal's reading of Euripides' Bacchae builds gradually from concrete details of cult, setting, and imagery to the work's implications for the nature of myth, language, and theater. This volume presents the argument that the Dionysiac poetics of the play characterize a world view and an art form that can admit logical contradictions and hold them in suspension.
Language
English
Pages
440
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Release
November 16, 1997
ISBN
069101597X
ISBN 13
9780691015972

Dionysiac Poetics and Euripides' Bacchae

Charles Segal
4.5/5 (16 ratings)
In his play Bacchae, Euripides chooses as his central figure the god who crosses the boundaries among god, man, and beast, between reality and imagination, and between art and madness. In so doing, he explores what in tragedy is able to reach beyond the social, ritual, and historical context from which tragedy itself rises. Charles Segal's reading of Euripides' Bacchae builds gradually from concrete details of cult, setting, and imagery to the work's implications for the nature of myth, language, and theater. This volume presents the argument that the Dionysiac poetics of the play characterize a world view and an art form that can admit logical contradictions and hold them in suspension.
Language
English
Pages
440
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Princeton University Press
Release
November 16, 1997
ISBN
069101597X
ISBN 13
9780691015972

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