Online Literary Criticism Collection
- Classical and Medieval Literature Sites
- A list of annotated links to major sites.
- Author: Marlene Manoff
- Gender and Immortality: Heroines in Ancient Greek Myth and Cult
- “The book first discusses heroines both in relation to heroes and as a separate religious and mythic phenomenon. It examines the cultural meanings of heroines in ritual and representation, their use as examples for mortals, and their typical “biographies.” The model of “ritual antagonism,” in which two mythic figures represented as hostile share a cult, is ultimately modified through an exploration of the mythic correspondences between the god Dionysos and the heroines surrounding him, and through a rethinking of the relationship between Iphigeneia and Artemis. An appendix, which identifies more than five hundred heroines, rounds out this lively work.” Entire text of the book is online and searchable.
- Author: Deborah Lyons
- From: Princeton University Press: 1996
- Introduction to Greek Tragedy
- A guide to reading and studying Greek tragic drama.
- Author: Roger Dunkle
- From: The Classical Origins of Western Culture http://ablemedia.com/ctcweb/netshots/stdygde.htm
- Tragedy and Enlightenment: Athenian Political Thought and the Dilemmas of Modernity
- “Weaving together ancient Greek texts and postmodernist theory, Christopher Rocco addresses the debate between modernity and postmodernity that dominates contemporary theory. Interpreting Greek drama within a critical framework informed by contemporary theorists Foucault, Habermas, Horkheimer and Adorno, Tragedy and Enlightenment makes a sophisticated argument for the continuing relevance of the classical past, focusing on the subject of democracy. The starting point for Rocco’s analysis is the impasse in contemporary political and cultural theory over the possibility and desirability of democracy in a postmodern world. After explaining the competing positions in the current debate, Rocco argues that ancient Greek tragedy and dialogue–specifically Sophocles’ Oedipus, Plato’s Republic and Gorgias, and Aeschylus’ Oresteia–suggest alternate constructions for this and other postmodern problems. Rocco gives a detailed analysis of the contemporary divide over the theories of Jürgen Habermas and Michel Foucault and provides a provocative reading of Horkheimer and Adorno’s Dialectic of Enlightenment. This original contribution to political and cultural discourse brings us to a new understanding of familiar texts and will alter the grounds of debate for students and scholars of the classical and the contemporary worlds.”
- Contains: Historical Context
- From: The University of California Press: 1997
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