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Ancient Greek and Contemporary Performance

Collected Essays

Graham Ley

Ancient Greek and Contemporary Performance
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Graham Ley

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284 pages | 6 x 9
Cloth $120.00 ISBN: 9780859898911 Published March 2015 For sale in North and South America only
These essays explore aspects of historical performance in ancient Greece, linking its significance to wider reflections on cultural theory from around the world and on performance in the contemporary postmodern era. Topics include the origin of ancient tragic acting; festival performance in ancient Athens; the reflection of performance in the tragic scripts; the significance of the chorus; technology and the ancient theater; comparative thinking on Greek, Indian, and Japanese theory; the rhetoric of performance theory and postmodernism; modernism and theater; the importance of adaptation to theater; and studies of the theater and diaspora in Britain.


Section A:  Greek theatre and theory


1. "Hypokrinesthai in Homer and Herodotus, and the Function of the Athenian Actor", Philologus 127.1 (1983)
2. "Performance and Performatives", Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism 13.1 (1998)
3. “Monody, Choral Song, and Athenian Festival Performance", Maia xlv.2 (1993)
4. “The Presence of the Chorus”, unpublished essay developed from a paper given at a conference at Northwestern University, Chicago, October 2010.

Section B:  Greek theatre practice


5. Graham Ley and Michael Ewans, "The orchestra as Acting-area in Greek Tragedy", Ramus 14.2 (1985)
6. "Performance Studies and Greek Tragedy", Eranos 92 (1994)
7. “The Nameless and the Named: Techne and Technology in the Ancient Athenian Theatre”, Performance Research 10.4 (2005)

Section C:  Performance theory


8. "Sacred Idiocy: the Avant-garde as Alternative Establishment", New Theatre Quarterly 28 (1991)
9. "The Rhetoric of Theory: the Role of Metaphor in Peter Brook's The Empty Space", New Theatre Quarterly 35 (1993)
10. "Richard Schechner's `The Future of Ritual': the Final Chapter", Performance Research 3.3 `On Ritual' (1998)
11. "Aristotle's Poetics, Bharatamuni's Natyasastra, and Zeami's Treatises: Theory as Discourse", Asian Theatre Journal 17.2 (2000)
12. "Theatrical Modernism: A Problematic", in A.Eysteinsson and V.Liska (eds.)A Comparative History of Literature in European Languages: Modernism. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, (2007)
13. “Discursive Embodiment: The Theatre as Adaptation”, Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance 2.3 (2009)
14. “The Critical Absence of a Postmodern Reception Theory of Live Performance”, unpublished editorial contribution to Baz Kershaw and Graham Ley (eds.),“Beyond Postmodernism”, Contemporary Theatre Review 3.18 (2008).

Section D:  Diaspora theatre


15. “Composing a History: Problematics of the British Asian Research Project at Exeter”, Studies in Theatre and Performance 30.2 (2010)
16. “Theatre and Diversity” – unpublished English-language version of the paper delivered in Cologne and published in W.Schneider Theater und Migration: Herausforderung fur Kulturpolitik und Theaterpraxis. Bielefeld: Transcript, (2011)
17. “Diaspora Space, the Regions, and British Asian Theatre”, New Theatre Quarterly 107 (2011)


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