Seneca in Performance
edited by George W.M. Harrison
ISBN-13: 978-0-7156-2931-4 ISBN-10: 0-7156-2931-X, hardback, xi+260 pp., 2000, GB £45.00
 

The editor: George W.M. Harrison is the author of numerous papers on Roman literature, and was organiser of the 1998 conference on Senecan drama held in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The plays of Seneca the Younger, minister and philosopher under Nero, are today increasingly studied, appreciated and performed. Here, in twelve new papers from a distinguished international cast, scholars explore established questions, such as whether the plays were written for the stage, and newer topics such as the playwright's subtleties of characterisation, his relation to contemporary Roman spectacle and art - and the problems arising in translating him to modern text or stage.

 

CONTENTS
Introduction
SENECA ON THE ANCIENT STAGE
1. Playing Seneca? - John G. Fitch
2. Production of Seneca's Trojan Women, ancient? and modern - Elaine Fantham
3. Location! Location! Location! Choral absence and theatrical space in the Troades - C.W. Marshall
4. Nothing within which passeth show: Character and color in Senecan Tragedy - Brian S. Hook
CONTEMPORARY ROMAN SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON SENECA
5. A new look at Seneca's Phaedra - Hanna M. Roisman
6. The spectacle of death in Seneca's Troades - Jo-Ann Shelton
7. Grotesque vision: Seneca's Tragedies and Neronian art - Eric R. Varner
8. Semper ego auditor tantum?: Performance and physical setting of Seneca's plays - George W.M. Harrison
MODERN TRANSLATION AND STAGING
9. Seneca and Chaucer: Translating both poetry and sense - Frederick Ahl
10. Seneca's Trojan Women: Identity and survival in the aftermath of war - Gyllian Raby
11. Putting Andromacha on stage: A performer's perspective - Katharina Volk
12. Going for Baroque: Seneca and the English - Sander M. Goldberg
Bibliography
Index