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Dionysus Resurrected Performances of Euripides' The Bacchae in a Globalizing World

by Erika Fischer-Lichte

Part of the Blackwell-Bristol Lectures on Greece, Rome and the Classical Tradition Series

Dionysus Resurrected Performances of Euripides' The Bacchae in a Globalizing World Synopsis

Dionysus Resurrected analyzes the global resurgence since the late 1960s of Euripides The Bacchae. By analyzing and contextualizing these modern day performances, the author reveals striking parallels between transformational events taking place during the era of the play s revival and events within the play itself. * Puts forward a lively discussion of the parallels between transformational eventsduring the era of the play s revival and events within the play itself * The first comparative study to analyse and contextualize performances of The Bacchae that took place between 1968 and 2009 from the United States, Africa, Latin America, Europe and Asia * Argues that presentations of the play not only represent liminal states but also transfer the spectators into such states * Contends that the play s reflection on various stages of globalization render the tragedy a contemporary play * Establishes the importance of The Bacchae within Euripides work as the only extant tragedy in which the god Dionysus himself appears, not just as a character but as the protagonist

Dionysus Resurrected Performances of Euripides' The Bacchae in a Globalizing World Press Reviews

?The changing fortunes of The Bacchae, as told in this engaging book, are almost as dramatic as the play itself. Long neglected, it made an astonishing comeback in the sixties, capturing our world of cultural and religious clashes with uncanny precision. In these pages, Erika Fischer-Lichte has turned a classic into a masterwork for our time.? --Martin Puchner, Harvard University ?There is only one person (Fischer-Lichte) who has the experience, the knowledge and the perspectives ? theoretical, theatrical, political ? to write this book. It simultaneously illumines the ancient Bacchae and the contemporary global theatre.? --Oliver Taplin, Oxford University ?For the first time, performances of The Bacchae are studied from a world perspective ? North, South, East and West. Fischer-Lichte's pioneering book is illuminated by her nuanced conceptions of ritual.? --Maria Shevtsova, University of London

Book Information

ISBN: 9781405175784
Publication date: 13th December 2013
Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd) an imprint of John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 256 pages
Categories: Literary studies: plays & playwrights, Literary studies: classical, early & medieval, Theatre studies,

About Erika Fischer-Lichte

Erika Fischer-Lichte is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Institut fur Theaterwissenschaft at the Freie Universitaet of Berlin and Director of the International Research Centre Interweaving Performance Cultures . She has published extensively on the history of the theatre and on the reception of Greek tragedy. Her most recent publications include Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual: Exploring Forms of Political Theatre (2005), The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics (2008), and Performance and the Politics of Space: Theatre and Topology (edited with Benjamin Wihstutz, 2012).

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