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“Has this thing appeared again tonight?”: Deus Ex Machina and Other Theatrical Interventions of the Supernatural

Freddie Rokem

in Things: Religion and the Question of Materiality

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780823239450
eISBN:
9780823239498
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823239450.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The appearance of the supernatural on the theatrical stage as well as on the movie screen, in particular through a deus ex machina, but also in the form of ghosts or dybbuks, is still, even after the ... More


The Gods out of the Machine…and their Comeback*

Bruno Forment

in Ancient Drama in Music for the Modern Stage

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199558551
eISBN:
9780191808432
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199558551.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter first considers the presence of both of human and divine interests in Italian opera. It then describes how French classicist drama found its way into Italian libretto adaptations, and in ... More


Necessity, Between Tragedy and Predestination: Daniel Heinsius and De Tragoediae Constitutione (1611)

Russ Leo

in Tragedy as Philosophy in the Reformation World

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
February 2019
ISBN:
9780198834212
eISBN:
9780191874048
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198834212.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 16th-century and Renaissance Literature

Chapter 4 examines how Daniel Heinsius’ path-breaking treatise De Tragoediae Constitutione (1611) belongs not only to the Arminian Controversy but also to larger debates concerning providence and ... More


Telling Tales with Machines

Fiona Macintosh and Justine McConnell

in Performing Epic or Telling Tales

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198846581
eISBN:
9780191881664
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198846581.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The connections between epic performances and technological innovation are longstanding, dating from the invention of the mechane in the fifth century BCE. In the early modern period they encompass ... More


Introduction: Greek Drama without the Gods?

Mary Lefkowitz

in Euripides and the Gods

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199752058
eISBN:
9780190463113
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199752058.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

In modern productions, translators and directors, aided by our own imaginations, edit the gods away in order to concentrate on human action. Because modern readers do not try to comprehend the ... More


Gods, Fate, and the Character of Oedipus

Paul Woodruff

in The Oedipus Plays of Sophocles: Philosophical Perspectives

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190669447
eISBN:
9780190669485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190669447.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, General

In both plays, character drives the actions that are represented or reported on stage. Although Oedipus and his family are living through a fate allotted to them by the gods, they show genuine agency ... More


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