AuthorsDen.com   Join Free! | Login    
   Popular! Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry
Where Authors and Readers come together!

SIGNED BOOKS    AUTHORS    eBOOKS new!     BOOKS    STORIES    ARTICLES    POETRY    BLOGS    NEWS    EVENTS    VIDEOS    GOLD    SUCCESS    TESTIMONIALS

Featured Authors:  Armineh Ohanian, iSteven Ulmen, iP. G. Shriver, iNancy Jardine, iDarryl Jenkins, iMel Hathorn, iDonna Lynch, i

  Home > Drama > Books Popular: Books, Stories, Articles, Poetry     

Batya Casper

· + Follow Me
· Contact Me
· Books
· Stories
· Messages
· 8 Titles
· 5 Reviews
· Add to My Library
· Share with Friends!
·
Member Since: Feb, 2012

Batya Casper, click here to update your pages on AuthorsDen.


Electra: A Gender Sensitive Study of the Plays Based on the Myth
by Batya Casper   

Share this with your friends on FaceBook
Books by Batya Casper
· Hidden
· Hidden
· Israela
                >> View all

Category: 

Drama

Publisher:  McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers, ISBN-10:  089950924X Type: 
Pages: 

198

Copyright:  1995
Non-Fiction

Amazon
Israela

In this book, I studied the deep structure of the Electra myth and applied it to plays as early as those of Aeschylus,Sophocles and Euripides, through Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet,to as late as Sam Shepard's Curse of the Starving Class.Along the way, I took note of the historical/political climates which provoked the writing and rewriting of the Electra theme, the same play appearing over and over, each time in a different guise.

The ritual of theater constitutes a raising of issues, a giving of physical form to he intangible realities of our lives which we would otherwise ignore. Theater thus "makes the invisible visible" in such a way as to force us to examine our values, our nature and our judgment. it is the constant return of the spectators to the sacred center of performance that necessitates the confrontation of ourselves with our Eumenides, our conscience or our "Shadow."

What about the voiceless nature of women throughout our western history?  If our culture would have recorded equally the emotional needs, the social development, the struggle and the dreams of women and of men, and not regarded men as the personification of all peoplekind, if the male had allowed the feminine a place both within his personal, psychological structure - and within his political outlook, or, to press the point, if men had not wrenched themselves so ruthlessly from the female, would Western history not have been a totally different Story?

Excerpt
Euripides: Electra (ca. 400B.C.)

Although Euripides was a somewhat younger contemporary of Sophocles, there is a radical difference between the elder poet's treatment of the Electra myth and that of Euripides. The sense of royalty, of ritual and of the avenging dead are removed from the latter. Here we have neither palace, altar, nor tomb anywhere on stage, only the humble shack of a peasant, for the subject of this play is not the aristocracy but the poverty of society and of the spirit.


Want to review or comment on this book?
Click here to login!


Need a FREE Reader Membership?
Click here for your Membership!



Popular Drama Books
  1. The Girl From Kosovo
  2. Let the Fires Burn Out
  3. Terminal Blunder-Part lll-Survival
  4. Reflection
  5. Terminal Blunder part 4 - Sacrifice
  6. Terminal part 5-Food for Thought

Heaven Spent by Janice Scott

The traditional and quiet lives of a retiring rector and his wife are shaken up when a new, young, lively curate comes along...  
BookAds by Silver, Gold and Platinum Members

Authors alphabetically: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Featured Authors | New to AuthorsDen? | Add AuthorsDen to your Site
Share AD with your friends | Need Help? | About us


Problem with this page?   Report it to AuthorsDen
© AuthorsDen, Inc. All rights reserved.