July 11, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 28 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780815368731 - CAT# K336827
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies
Hypertheatre: Contemporary Radical Adaptation of Greek Tragedy investigates the adaptation of classical drama for the contemporary stage and explores its role as an active, polemical form of theatre which addresses present-day issues.
The book’s premise is that by breaking drama into constituent parts, revising, reinterpreting and rewriting to create a new, culturally and politically relevant construct, the process of adaptation creates a 'hyperplay', newly repurposed for the contemporary world. This process is explored through a diverse collection of postmodern adaptations of Antigone, Medea, and The Trojan Women, analysing their adaptive strategies and the evidence of how these remakings reflect the cultures of which they are a part. Central to this study is the idea that each of these adaptations becomes an entirely new play, redefining its central female figures and invoking reconfigurations of femininity which emphasise individual women’s strengths and female solidarity.
Written for scholars of Theatre, Adaptation, Performance Studies, and Literature, Hypertheatre places the Greek classics firmly within a contemporary feminist discourse.
1. Athenian Theatre and Radical Postmodern Theatrical Adaptation 2. Who Does Antigone Belong To? Who Does Antigone Speak To? 3. Medea Adapted: The Subaltern Barbarian Speaks 4. The Women of Troy Adapted: Victims of Wars Reclaim Their Broken Bodies