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Aeschylus' Agamemnon, the first play in the Oresteia trilogy, is one of the most influential theatrical texts in the global canon. In performance, translation, adaptation, along with sung and danced interpretations, it has been familiar in the Greek world and the Roman empire, and from the Renaissance to the contemporary stage. It has been central to the aesthetic and intellectual avant-garde as well as to radical politics of all complexions and to feminist thinking. Contributors to this interdisciplinary collection of eighteen essays on its performance history include classical scholars, theatre historians, and experts in English and comparative literature. All Greek and Latin has been translated; the book is generously illustrated, and supplemented with the useful research aid of a chronological appendix of performances.
Oliver Taplin is Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of the British Academy.
INTRODUCTION ; 1. Agamemnons in performance ; I. IN SEARCH OF THE SOURCES ; 2. 'Agamemnon' for the ancients ; 3. 'Striking too short at Greeks': the transmission of 'Agamemnon' to the English Renaissance stage ; 4. Clytemnestra versus her Senecan tradition ; 5. Clytemnestra's ghost: the Aeschylean legacy in Gluck's Iphigenia operas ; II. THE MOVE TO MODERNITY ; 6. 'Agamemnon"s influence in Germany: Goethe, Schiller, and Wagner ; 7. Agamemnon: speaking the unspeakable ; 8. Viewing 'Agamemnon' in 19th-century Britain ; 9. OTOTOTOI: Virginia Woolf and 'the naked cry' of Cassandra ; III. THE LANGUAGES OF TRANSLATION ; 10. Translation or transubstantiation ; 11. Staging 'Agamemnon': the languages of translation ; 12. Pasolini's 'Agamemnon': translation, screen version, performance ; 13. The Harrison version: 'so long ago that it's become a song?' ; IV. THE INTERNATIONAL VIEW ; 14. 'Agamemnon' in Russia ; 15. Ariane Mnouchkine and the history of the French 'Agamemnon' ; 16. The chorus of Aeschylus' 'Agamemnon' in modern stage productions: towards the 'performative turn' ; 17. The Millennium Project: 'Agamemnon' in the United States ; EPILOGUE ; 18. Cassandra: the prophet unveiled ; APPENDIX ; 19. 'Agamemnons' on the database
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