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Title: Greek by Steven Berkoff (1980): The Risky Transformation of Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex into a Love Story
Author: Gilabert Barberà, Pau
Keywords: Tradició clàssica
Teatre anglès
Tragèdia grega
Classical tradition
English drama
Greek drama (Tragedy)
Berkoff, Steven
Sòfocles, ca. 496-406 aC. Edip rei
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: G.B. Palumbo Editore
Abstract: [eng] Can Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex really be transformed into a love story, as in Steven Berkoff’s drama entitled Greek? This article will show that, although Greek may be viewed by some critics as simply a provocative drama by no means intended to justify incest, directors, actors and critics in the end become enthralled by the powerful love story that ensues between Eddy and his wife and mother. This perspective reveals that Berkoff’s adaptation, intended to portray the social degradation of 1980s Great Britain, is in reality a quite risky proposition since it represents a flat denial of the tragic awareness of contemporary men and women. However, if this is the case, the audience, apart from enjoying the performance of Berkoff’s drama, might question, even from a non-fundamentalist perspective within the classical tradition, to what degree it makes sense to take inspiration from a text by Sophocles that precisely illustrates the great tragic awareness of the ancient Greeks.
Note: Podeu consultar la versió en català a: i la versió en castellà a:
Note: Versió postprint
It is part of: Dionysus ex Machina, 2013, vol. IV p. 302-318.
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ISSN: 2038-5137
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Filologia Grega, Filologia Llatina, Filologia Romànica i Filologia Semítica)

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