Playboy of the ancient world? Synge and the classics

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Title: Playboy of the ancient world? Synge and the classics
Authors: Lloyd, Michael (Michael A.)
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Date: Feb-2014
Abstract: This article examines the relevance of Greek drama to John Millington Synge's The Playboy of the Western World (1907). Synge attended lectures in Paris in 1897/8 and 1902 by Henri d'Arbois de Jubainville comparing the ancient Irish and ancient Greek civilizations, and the article argues that Jubainville's theory of parricide illuminates Synge's celebratory treatment of what is usually regarded as one of the most serious crimes. The article concludes with a brief discussion of the Oedipal dimension of Synge's appropriation of Greek texts in the context of postcolonial theatre studies.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Classical Association of Ireland
Keywords: SyngeOedipus TyrannusPostcolonial studiesPlayboy of the western world
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Classics Research Collection

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