Noise, Music, Speech: The Representation of Lament in Greek Tragedy

TitleNoise, Music, Speech: The Representation of Lament in Greek Tragedy
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWeiss, NA
JournalAmerican Journal of Philology
Volume138
Issue2
Pagination243-266
Abstract

This article examines how lament in Greek tragedy is conceptualized as both highly skillful song and inarticulate noise, and how the slippage between these two apparently contradictory characteristics could be exploited for dramatic effect. I demonstrate how the twofold nature of lament is bound up not just with its ritual practice (the combination of the góos wail and the more formal thrēnos) but with its association with birdsong and displays of extreme emotion by females and foreigners. [https://muse.jhu.edu/article/666998]

DOI10.1353/ajp.2017.0012

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