L. A. Swift

in The Hidden Chorus

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577842
Published online May 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722622 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs


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The Conclusion aims to summarize what has emerged from the close reading of particular genres and plays in the earlier chapters, and to examine several broader issues which arise from the relationship between tragedy and lyric. It begins by summarizing the techniques which tragic poets used to evoke lyric genre, and argues that the tragedians aimed to keep these allusions accessible to as large a section of the audience as possible. It goes on to discuss the functions that generic interaction can perform: in particular, the creation of a sense of mismatch between the values implicit in the genre and what the audience sees in the play. Finally it explores what the phenomenon of generic interaction can tell us about tragedy as a poetic genre and its role in Athenian musical culture.

Keywords: generic interaction; chorus; paian; hymenaios; thrēnoi; partheneia; allusion; epinikion; ritual

Chapter.  3990 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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