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Margherita Laera’s Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy (Peter Lang, 2013)

22 April 2013

Reaching Athens Launch invite 2

Why do revivals and adaptations of Greek tragedy still abound in European national theatres, fringe stages and international festivals in the twenty-first century? Taking as its starting point the concepts of myth developed by Jean-Luc Nancy and Roland Barthes and the notion of the ‘classical’ outlined by Salvatore Settis, this book analyses discourses around community, democracy, origin and Western identity in stage adaptations of Greek tragedy on contemporary European stages. 

“Margherita Laera tackles a fundamental problem of our times: what do we do with our ancestors and with the myths of Greek tragedy and democracy? This is an ambitious project and an excellent piece of scholarship.” Patrice Pavis, Professor of Theatre Studies, Korea National University of the Arts

”This book articulates original, important and wide-ranging arguments with elegance and verve. A stimulating deconstruction of myth, in the Barthesian sense of that word.” Carl Lavery, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance, Aberystwyth University


UCL’s Centre for Intercultural Studies and the University of Kent’s European Theatre Research Network invite you to the launch of Margherita Laera’s new book, Reaching Athens: Community, Democracy and Other Mythologies in Adaptations of Greek Tragedy (Peter Lang, 2013). This is the first volume in the series ‘New Comparative Criticism’ edited by Florian Mussgnug, Director of the Graduate Programme in Comparative Literature and Lecturer in Italian Literature at UCL.

Friday 10 May 2013, 5-7pm

Arts & Humanities Common Room – Foster Court Building

Malet Place – 

London WC1E 6BT

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