5 June 2008
Show More Culture and Sacrifice: Ritual Death in Literature and Opera by Derek Hughes.
Cambridge, 313 pp., £45, October 2007, 978 0 521 86733 7Show More
“... Iphigenia tragedies and the Bacchae. Iphigenia is involved in two sacrificial scenarios, and the Bacchae, long neglected, turned out to be of particular interest in the 20th century (to Thomas Mann, HansWernerHenze and Wole Soyinka, along with a good many others cited here). The Bacchae, in effect, came to replace the Iphigenia tragedies because of a new emphasis on the chaotic, orgiastic violence ...”