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Euripides' Trojan women Subtitle: A 20th century war play in performance

Abstract: In this dissertation, I approach the interpretation of a classical text in performanceby examining the practical elements (directorial and design choices: set, costumes,lighting, music, etc.) and promotional materials (programmes, press releases,photographs, etc.) for a selection of significant test cases in order to determine how theseproduction decisions engage with external factors of political, intellectual, and culturalimport. Trojan Women is a particularly useful case study to explore within the parametersof this method because the dynamism and immediacy of the play is most powerfullyarticulated when production choices allow for it to be wielded as a weapon of protest orreaction against contemporary policy, especially the waging of war. Using achronological approach, this analysis of Trojan Women as a text for performanceprovides a broad and in-depth discussion of the reception of the play in the twentiethcentury, the period in which the ancient text was most frequently performed. Through theinvestigation of several influential productions on the international stage, and through anexamination of the roles of key players (particularly Gilbert Murray and Jean-PaulSartre), Trojan Women emerges as a play that offers theatre artists a unique and effectiveforum for debating issues of human responsibility in times of war a central theme in theplay and a considerable preoccupation during a century of armed conflict. Chapter Onediscusses how the play was used to criticize imperial activity and promote ideologicalcauses in the first half of the century. Chapters Two and Three draw attention to a majorcluster of performances reflecting the spirit of international war protest in the 1960s and1970s. Chapter Four addresses productions of the play affected by delayed responses tothe Holocaust. Chapter Five features performances in the 1990s that respond to crises ofcivil conflict and genocide.

Type of Award:Dphil Level of Award:Doctoral Awarding Institution: University of Oxford Notes:The digital copy of this thesis has been made available thanks to the generosity of Dr Leonard Polonsky


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Language: eng Subjects: Dramatic production Stage history War in literature Tiny URL: td:601848775


Author: Willis, Avery T. Avery Tinch - institutionUniversity of Oxford institutionBalliol College University of Oxford facultyHumanities



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