The Mourning Voice

The Mourning Voice

An Essay on Greek Tragedy
Foreword by Pietro Pucci

In The Mourning Voice, Nicole Loraux presents a radical challenge to what has become the dominant view of tragedy in recent years: that tragedy is primarily a civic phenomenon, infused with Athenian political ideology, which envisions its spectators first and foremost as citizens, members of the political collective. Instead, Loraux maintains, the spectator addressed by tragedy is the individual defined primarily in terms of his or her humanity, rather than in terms of affiliation with a political group. The plays, she says, involve the spectators in the emotional expressiveness of tragic suffering, thereby creating a theatrical identity. Aroused by the experience of suffering, the audience is reminded that it is witnessing a theatrical representation of the instability of the human condition—a state that Loraux asserts tragedy is uniquely suited to convey.

Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings

Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings is an independent translator of books including The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity by Éric Rebillard and The Mourning Voice by Nicole Loraux, both from Cornell.


Translation:
The Mind of Thucydides
Jacqueline de Romilly, Jacqueline de Romilly
First published in France in 1956 and now available in English for the first time, this narratological analysis of Thucydides's "History of the Peloponnesian War" highlights the power and sophistication of the Greek historian's...



The Care of the Dead in Late Antiquity
Éric Rebillard
In this provocative book Éric Rebillard challenges many long-held assumptions about early Christian burial customs. For decades scholars of early Christianity have argued that the Church owned and operated burial grounds for Christians as early as the...











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A Compulsion for Antiquity
Freud and the Ancient World
Richard H. Armstrong

Series

Cornell Studies in Classical Philology

Subjects

Interdisciplinary Studies : Classics
Literature : Literature / Ancient and Classical

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