The Language of Tragedy and Modernity

Simon Goldhill

in Sophocles and the Language of Tragedy

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780199796274
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932870 | DOI:

Series: Onassis Series in Hellenic Culture

The Language of Tragedy and Modernity

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This chapter explores how the nineteenth century developed a remarkably uniform view of Electra in Sophocles as a pious heroine. It then analyzes how this critical view fragmented and changed. It compares and contrasts Victorian and modern readings of the play to explore the historicity of critical readings of tragedy.

Keywords: Sophocles; Electra; tragedy; history of criticism

Chapter.  14725 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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