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Hellenic Whispers

Modes of Greek Literary Influence in Seventeenth-Century French Drama

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Susanna Phillippo

Hellenic Whispers builds a picture of how Greek literature was received and reworked by the authors of seventeenth-century French tragedy. Using case studies, the author establishes a new methodology for exploring the variety of responses and creative processes involved in these encounters with classical Greek material. The book explores the complex interactions surrounding these adaptations of Greek dramatic material, involving the input of scribes, editors, translators and earlier authors, and asks the important question of what these dramatists conceived of themselves as doing. Focusing on a time and place where cultural predilections and a lack of linguistic training made engagement with the original Greek texts problematic, the book explores the creative role of intermediary sources, the build-up of chain reactions between sources and the cumulative processes of recreation involved in the genesis of seventeenth-century dramatic texts. The volume also goes on to explore wider questions relevant to the classical tradition and issues of ‘source study’ and reception.

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Preface vii Note on Quotations and Translations xiii List of Tables and Figures xv Introduction 1 Chapter 1 Greek Tragedy and Seventeenth-Century Dramatists: Overview 27 Chapter 2 Transmissions and Other Inf luences 53 Chapter 3 Iphigenia in Tauris 67 Chapter 4 Iphigenia in Aulis 151 Chapter 5 Trojan Women / Andromache 353 Conclusions 505 vi Select Bibliography 545 Select Index of Passages 557 Index 569

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