Seneca: Medea /

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Author / Creator:Slaney, Helen, 1981- author.
Imprint:London, UK ; New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019.
Description:1 online resource ( vi, 202 pages) : color illustrations.
Series:Companions to Greek and Roman tragedy
Companions to Greek and Roman tragedy.
Subject:Seneca, Lucius Annaeus, -- approximately 4 B.C.-65 A.D. -- Medea.
Medea, -- consort of Aegeus, King of Athens (Mythological character) -- In literature.
Medea, -- consort of Aegeus, King of Athens (Mythological character)
Medea (Seneca, Lucius Annaeus)
DRAMA -- Ancient, Classical & Medieval.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on June 11, 2020).
Other form:Print version: Slaney, Helen, 1981- Seneca Medea. London : Bloomsbury Academic, 2019 9781474258616
Review by Choice Review

In this svelte but capacious volume--its cover artfully adorned by a striking portrait of Maria Callas as Medea from Pier Paolo Pasolini's eponymous 1969 film--Slaney (Roehampton Univ., UK), adheres to the programmatic objectives of the impressive series in which the book appears, Bloomsbury's "Companions to Greek and Roman Tragedy." A respected Senecan scholar, Slaney is an erudite cicerone to Medea, and her penetrating analysis looks at the play from various perspectives, adroitly leading the reader through the multiple complexities of assessing and understanding Senecan drama. Thematic elements, literary and political context, past and current critical approaches, and historical reception are all anatomized in an accessible scholarly manner that enables the reader to appreciate the influential significance of this tragedy not only during its own time but also in later centuries. From the standpoint of reception history, Slaney's survey of John Studley's English translation (1566), the dramatic version of Pierre Corneille (1635), the opera of Luigi Cherubini (1797), and Jean Anouilh's interpretation (1946), as well as the Pasolini film, offers important testimony to the enduring effect of Senecan dramaturgy on the various portrayals of Medea in the modern era. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. --Joseph S. Louzonis, St. Francis College, Brooklyn, NY

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