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dc.contributor.authorBakogianni, Aen_US
dc.date.available2019-12-22en_US
dc.date.issued2019-12-22en_US
dc.identifierhttps://thersites-journal.de/index.php/thr/issue/view/11en_US
dc.identifier.citationThersites: Journal for Transcultural Presences and Diachronic Identities from Antiquity to Date, 2019, 9 pp. 45 - 69en_US
dc.description.abstractElectra is Greek tragedy’s mourner par excellence. In Sophocles’ dramatic version she is portrayed as stuck in a state of never-ending grief that fuels her desire for vengeance. On the modern stage she captures audiences’ imagination with her powerful, multi-sensory spectacle of mourning. Electra is a transgressive character precisely because she mourns too intensely and for too long. She is trapped in a liminal space where both her mind and body are adversely affected by her excessive mourning. But so enthralling is the portrayal of her grief that it has become the most prominent strand of the tragic heroine’s reception. This paper investigates two examples of Sophocles’ Electra in performance at the end of the last millennium, as a means of unpicking two very different approaches to the portrayal of ‘tragic’ grief on the modern Greek stage. At the end of the 1990s, the country’s premier theatrical company, The National Theatre of Greece, staged Sophocles’ Electra twice; in 1996 Lydia Koniordou highlighted female ritual, while Dimitris Maurikios’ 1998 production featured an Electra that was labelled ‘hysterical’ by theatre critics. This paper examines how modern Greece’s claim to a ‘special relationship’ with classical Greece has affected the performance of Electra’s grief.en_US
dc.format.extent45 - 69en_US
dc.languageEnglishen_US
dc.relation.urihttps://thersites-journal.de/index.php/thr/article/view/131/268en_US
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons License: Attribution – Non Commercial 4.0 International. This does not apply to quoted content from other authors.en_US
dc.subjectGreek Tragedy, Electra, Sophocles, Modern Greeceen_US
dc.titlePerforming Grief: Mourning Does Indeed Become Electraen_US
dc.typeJournal Article
dc.citation.volume9en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.34679/thersites.vol9.131en_US
dc.description.confidentialfalseen_US
dc.identifier.elements-id430224
dc.relation.isPartOfThersites: Journal for Transcultural Presences and Diachronic Identities from Antiquity to Dateen_US
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences
pubs.organisational-group/Massey University/College of Humanities and Social Sciences/School of Humanities
dc.identifier.harvestedMassey_Dark
pubs.notesNot knownen_US
dc.publisher.urihttps://thersites-journal.de/index.php/thr/issue/view/11en_US


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