By Vassiliki Kampourelli. Published 2016. ISBN: 978-1-905670-61-1
BICS Supplement 131
This book presents a critical application of semiotic models to Greek tragic space. It thus reappraises certain aspects of the tragic texts themselves by illuminating the semantics of space, that is, the ways in which space may contribute to the creation of meaning. After the formulation of a working model appropriate to the examination of space in Greek tragedy, an analysis of the proposed categories of tragic space follows. The architectural space of tragedy is then examined with particular reference to the ways in which it finds expression in the Theatre of Dionysus in Athens. Drawing widely on the works of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, the focus turns to the interactions between the proposed categories of tragic space.
This overview of tragic space outlines a wider frame of reference within which a close analysis of three plays is stuated (Persae, Hippolytus, and Philoctetes). The analysis offers a detailed consideration of the spatial dynamics and semantics of the selected passages of each tragedy, and is followed by a discussion of the handling of space in the individual play as a whole. New views are thus developed about disputed and controversial aspects of the theatrical realization of the plays. The conclusion locates the close analysis of these three plays within the broader frame of the appraisal of tragic space proposed in earlier chapters.