Ancient Greek and Contemporary Performance: Collected Essays by Professor Graham Ley

By Professor Graham Ley

This selection of released and unpublished essays connects antiquity with the current by means of debating the present prohibiting conceptions of functionality thought and the insistence on a constrained model of ‘the contemporary’.

The theatre is appealing for its historical past and in addition for its vigorous current. those essays discover points of ancient functionality in old Greece, and hyperlink suggestions on its value to wider reflections on cultural thought from around the globe and function within the modern postmodern period, concluding with rules at the new theatre of the diaspora.

Each element of the booklet encompasses a brief advent; the essays and shorter interventions take a variety of types, yet all are desirous about theatre, with useful facets of theatre and theoretical dimensions of its research. the themes diversity from historic Greece to the current day, and comprise speculations at the beginning of old tragic appearing, the categories of competition functionality in historic Athens, how functionality is mirrored within the tragic scripts, the importance of the presence of the refrain, expertise and the traditional theatre, comparative pondering on Greek, Indian and jap concept, a critique of the rhetoric of functionality conception and of postmodernism, reflections on modernism and theatre, and at the value of version to theatre, reports of the theatre and diaspora in Britain.

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