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Tragic Bodies


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Prologue. Skin to Skin in Greek Tragedy Chapter 1. Touching Oedipus: Proximities, Contact, and Affective Intimacies Chapter 2. The Sibling Hand: Manual Erotics and Violence Chapter 3. Familial Coverings: Skin, Cloaks, and Other Outerwear Chapter 4. Strange Containers: Bodies and Other Tragic Vessels Chapter 5. Bodily Alterations: Undress, Prosthesis, and Assemblage Chapter 6. Mysterious Objects: Corpses, Ghosts, Statues Final Scenes. Beyond the Human Notes Bibliography Index

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A groundbreaking book in new materialisms exploring ancient Greek tragic embodiment through its figurative, enacted, and material extensions and arguing for a new way of reading ancient dramatic texts.

About the Author

Nancy Worman is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature at Barnard College and Columbia University, New York, USA. She is the author of articles and books on style, performance, and the body in Greek literature and culture. Her books include Virginia Woolf's Greek Tragedy (Bloomsbury Academic, 2018) and Landscape and the Spaces of Metaphor in Ancient Literary Theory and Criticism (2015).


This book is a sophisticated, informed, path-breaking reading of the semiotics of ancient Greek tragedy and aesthesis. -- Ahuvia Kahane, Regius Professor of Greek and A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

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