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Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Helene P. Foley


This book explores Greek tragedy on the American professional stage from the nineteenth century to the present. Despite the gap separating the world of classical Greece from our own, Greek tragedy has provided a fertile source for some of the most innovative American theater. Helene P. Foley shows how plays like Oedipus Rex and Medea have resonated deeply with contemporary concerns and controversies—over war, slavery, race, the status of women, religion, identity, and immigration. Although Greek tragedy was often initially embraced for its melodramatic possibilities, by the twentieth century i ... More

Keywords: Greek tragedy, melodrama, status of women, American stage, American theater history, Oedipus, Medea

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780520272446
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272446.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Helene P. Foley, author