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Faint Sounds of Shovelling

John Kerrigan: The History of Tragedy

20 December 2018
Ladies’ Greek: Victorian Translations of Tragedy 
by Yopie Prins.
Princeton, 297 pp., £24, April 2017, 978 0 691 14189 3
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Greek Tragic Women on Shakespearean Stages 
by Tanya Pollard.
Oxford, 331 pp., £60, September 2017, 978 0 19 879311 3
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Eclipse of Action: Tragedy and Political Economy 
by Richard Halpern.
Chicago, 313 pp., £34, April 2017, 978 0 226 43365 3
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Samson Agonistes: A Redramatisation after Milton 
by John Kinsella.
Arc, 109 pp., £10.99, October 2018, 978 1 911469 55 1
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... women. Queen Elizabeth translated Euripides into Latin, while Lady Jane Lumley produced an English version of his Iphigenia in Aulis – the first dramatic work written by a woman in the vernacular. TanyaPollard​ mentions Lumley’s Iphigenia in her valuable new book. Unlike Prins, she does not focus on female poets and translators but investigates the entire record of the publication, reception ...

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