Kathleen Riley

Dionysus Since 69

Edited by Edith Hall, Fiona Macintosh, and Amanda Wrigley


Oxford University Press
Published 2004
ISBN: 9780199259144

Greek tragedy is currently being performed more frequently than at any time since classical antiquity. This book is the first to address the fundamental question, why has there been so much Greek tragedy in the theatres, opera houses, and cinemas of the last three decades? A detailed chronological appendix of production information and lavish illustrations supplement the fourteen essays by an interdisciplinary team of specialists from the worlds of classics, theatre studies, and the professional theatre. They relate the recent appeal of Greek tragedy to social trends, political developments, aesthetic and performative developments, and the intellectual currents of the last three decades, especially multiculturalism, post-colonialism, feminism, post-structuralism, revisions of psychoanalytical models, and secularization.

Kathleen is one of fourteen contributors to this volume. Her chapter is entitled ‘Heracles as Dr Strangelove and GI Joe: Male Heroism Deconstructed’.





  • ‘A major contribution to the year’s work.’ – Year’s Work in Critical and Cultural Theory
  • ‘Reveals a wealth of understanding concerning the ways Greek tragedy has been read, received, interpreted and shared in recent decades, and points the way forward to other studies in this ever-increasing field.’ – The Classical Review 
  • ‘The quality of the contributions is uniformly high … The range of methods is appealingly wide, providing readers with fascinating material … Collectively, the volume gives an extremely stimulating up-to-date account of Greek tragedy in the last thirty or forty years … deserves a wide readership … The writing is accessible; illustrations are well selected … index and bibliography are very detailed.’ – The Journal of Classics Teaching



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