Helene P. Foley

in Reimagining Greek Tragedy on the American Stage

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272446
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780520953659 | DOI:

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The epilogue examines the recent popularity of Euripides's Hecuba and Iphigeneia in Aulis on the American professional stage as symptomatic of a new willingness to confront the corrosive effects of war, empire, and public rhetoric on American domestic and political life that requires reconsidering American exceptionalism. These productions can also look to a move beyond tragedy, represented in Euripides's Iphigeneia in Tauris, in order to offer a source of hope and a redefined place for women in American history. As was the case with Sophocles's Electra, discussed in the introduction, the representation of Iphigeneia often includes the dividing and doubling of the plays’ virginal heroine in the face of overwhelming historical forces.

Keywords: Hecuba; Iphigeneia; women in American theater; political theater

Chapter.  3838 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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