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Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage

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Rosa Andújar (Editor), Konstantinos Nikoloutsos (Editor)

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 1 May 2019

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Abstract

Greeks and Romans on the Latin American Stage offers the first comprehensive treatment in English of the rich and varied afterlife of classical drama across the complex region conventionally called Latin America. The volume explores the myriad ways in which seminal ancient Greek and Roman tragic and comic texts have been adapted, invoked, and re-worked in notable modern theatrical works from ten different countries across the Americas. A comprehensive introduction provides a critical overview of the varying issues and complexities that arise when studying the afterlife of the European classics in the theatrical stages across this diverse and vast region. Fourteen chapters, divided into three general geographical sub-regions (Southern Cone, Brazil, and the Caribbean & North America), provide nuanced case studies of prominent dramatic works, while also paying particular attention to the national and local context of each play. The case studies featured in this volume not only present a strong connection to an ancient dramatic source text, but also comment upon important socio-political crises relating to critical transitional junctures in the modern history of Latin America. The volume brings together Classicists and Latin Americanists from the UK, Europe, North and South America, as well as New Zealand, all of whom specialise in classical reception or in the reception of the specific play/author included in this collection. This diversity and expertise translate into a multi-ranging approach of the topic that encompasses a variety of theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives from Classics, Latin American Studies, and Theatre and Performance Studies.

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