Brill's Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus


Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus explores the various ways Aeschylus’ tragedies have been discussed, parodied, translated, revisioned, adapted, and integrated into other works over the course of the last 2500 years. Immensely popular while alive, Aeschylus’ reception begins in his own lifetime. And, while he has not been the most reproduced of the three Attic tragedians on the stage since then, his receptions have transcended genre and crossed to nearly every continent. While still engaging with Aeschylus’ theatrical reception, the volume also explores Aeschylus off the stage--in radio, the classroom, television, political theory, philosophy, science fiction and beyond.

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Pages: 625–634
Rebecca Futo Kennedy, PhD (2003), Denison University, is Associate Professor of Classical Studies. She has published on Greek tragedy, especially Aeschylus, the lives of women immigrants in classical Athens, and theories of ethnicity and human difference in the ancient world.

Contributors are: Larissa Atkison, Geoffrey Bakewell, Ryan K. Balot, Jacques Bromberg, Stratos Constantinidis, Fabien Desset, Michael Ewans, Ana Gonzalez-Rivas Fernandez, George Harrison, Tom Hawkins , Marianne McDonald, Dana Lacourse Munteanu, Patrick J. Murphy, Sebastiana Nervegna, Fredrick Porcheddu, Brett M. Rogers, David Rosenbloom, Arlene Saxonhouse, Richard Seaford, Gabrielle Sevilla, Christos Simelidis, David G. Smith, Kevin J. Wetmore, Jr., Barbara Witucki, Amanda Wrigley, Gonda Van Steen, Theodore Ziolkowski.
''Although, as Kennedy (Denison Univ.) states, this is not a comprehensive volume, it certainly lives up to her hope, which is that readers “come away with some sense of the scope of Aeschylus’ influence in the world."'' - H.M. Roisman, in: Choice 2018.55.10
"Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Aeschylus is bold in charting new territories of reception and questioning what we think we know about the process of reception itself." - D.R. Alley, in: Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.01.10
"[A]ltogether, the book is a thoroughly satisfying read.(...) Special mention should also go to the stimulating pair of chapters that conclude the volume (...). These contributions not only point to where fertile soil has been found, but, gratifyingly for any classicist, also illustrate how these ancient texts may have more to offer in new fields, suggesting new questions for the study of the humanities at large." - Lucy Jackson, in: Translation and Literature 28 (2019)
"This valuable contribution to the burgeoning library on the receptions of Greek literature is the second Brill collection on the afterlife of Aeschylus, providing both a useful adjunct to that book[1] and an interesting take on the current state of reception studies in the English-speaking world (where all but four of its twenty-eight contributors teach). Its range is vast." - Peter Burian, Duke University, in: CJ-Online 2021.03.02.
Acknowledgements List of Figures List of Abbreviations Author Biographies Introduction: The Reception of AeschylusRebecca Futo Kennedy

Part 1: Pre-Modern Receptions

1 The Reception of Aeschylus in SicilyDavid G. Smith 2 The Comedians’ AeschylusDavid Rosenbloom 3 Aristotle’s Reception of Aeschylus: Reserved Without MaliceDana Lacourse Munteanu 4 Aeschylus in the Hellenistic PeriodSebastiana Nervegna 5 Aeschylus in the Roman EmpireGeorge W. M. Harrison 6 Aeschylus in ByzantiumChristos Simelidis

Part 2: Modern Receptions

7 Aeschylus and OperaMichael Ewans 8 Aeschylus in GermanyTheodore Ziolkowski 9 Inglorious Barbarians: Court Intrigue and Military Disaster Strike Xerxes, “The Sick Man of Europe”Gonda Van Steen 10 Transtextual Transformations of Prometheus Bound in Percy Bysshe Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound: Prometheus’ Gifts to HumankindFabien Desset 11 Aeschylus and Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, by Mary ShelleyAna González-Rivas Fernández 12 An Aeschylean Waterloo: Responding to War from the Oresteia to Vanity FairBarbara Witucki 13 Form and Money in Wagner’s Ring and Aeschylean TragedyRichard Seaford 14 Eumenides and Newmenides: Academic Furies in Edwardian CambridgePatrick J. Murphy and Fredrick Porcheddu 15 The Broadhead Hypothesis: Did Aeschylus Perform Word Repetition in Persians?Stratos E. Constantinidis 16 Persians On French Television: An Opera—Oratorio Echoing the Algerian WarGabriel Sevilla 17 Aeschylus’ Oresteia on British TelevisionAmanda Wrigley 18 Orestes On Trial in Africa: Pasolini’s Appunti Per un’Orestiade Africana and Sissako’s BamakoTom Hawkins 19 Reception of the Plays of Aeschylus in AfricaKevin J. Wetmore, Jr. 20 In Search of Prometheus: Aeschylean Wanderings in Latin AmericaJacques A. Bromberg 21 Avatars of Aeschylus: O’Neill to Herzog/GolderMarianne McDonald 22 The Overlooked οἰκονομία of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon and Stanley Kubrick’s The ShiningGeoffrey Bakewell 23 “Now Harkonnen Shall Kill Harkonnen”: Aeschylus, Dynastic Violence, and Twofold Tragedies in Frank Herbert’s DuneBrett M. Rogers 24 “Save Our City”: The Curious Absence of Aeschylus in Modern Political ThoughtArlene W. Saxonhouse 25 Political Theory in Aeschylean Drama: Ancient Themes and their Contemporary ReceptionLarissa Atkison and Ryan K. Balot Index
Scholars and students interested in Aeschylus and classical receptions in ancient and modern theatre, literature, film, television, radio, political theory, and philosophy.
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