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Carnivalizing Difference by David Shepherd, Charles Platter, Paul Allen Miller, Peter I. Barta

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1 ALIENATED COUPLES IN EURIPIDEAN TRAGEDY: A BAKHTINIAN ANALYSIS

Nancy Felson

 

In two early essays, Toward a Philosophy of the Act and “Author and Hero in Aesthetic Activity”, both composed between 1920 and 1924, Mikhail Bakhtin develops a model to describe ethical interactions between two or more parties in a variety of contexts, real and Active. His model has a general application, both to successful interactions and to failures. In this essay I begin by looking at Bakhtin's model for the interaction of couples as he deploys it in his reading of Pushkin's poem “Parting”, then use it to illuminate interactions between marital couples in three Euripidean plays, Iphigenia at Aulis (I.A., 405), Alcestis (438), and Medea (431). For each play, ...

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