The Resource Actors in the audience : theatricality and doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian, Shadi Bartsch

Actors in the audience : theatricality and doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian, Shadi Bartsch

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Actors in the audience : theatricality and doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian
Title
Actors in the audience
Title remainder
theatricality and doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian
Statement of responsibility
Shadi Bartsch
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"When Nero took the stage, the audience played along - or else. The drama thus enacted, whether in the theater proper or in the political arena, unfolds in all its rich complexity in Actors in the Audience. This is a book about language, theatricality, and empire - about how the Roman emperor dramatized his rule and how his subordinates in turn staged their response. The focus is on Nero: his performances onstage spurred his contemporaries to reflect on the nature of power and representation, and to make the stage a paradigm for larger questions about the theatricality of power. Through these portrayals by ancient writers, Shadi Bartsch explores what happens to language and representation when all discourse is distorted by the pull of an autocratic authority." "Some Roman senators, forced to become actors and dissimulators under the scrutinizing eye of the ruler, portrayed themselves and their class as the victims of regimes that are, for us, redolent of Stalinism. Other writers claimed that doublespeak - saying one thing and meaning two - was the way one could, and did, undo the constraining effects of imperial oppression. Tacitus, Suetonius, and Juvenal all figure in Bartsch's shrewd analysis of historical and literary responses to the brute facts of empire; even the Panegyricus of Pliny the Younger now appears as a reaction against the widespread awareness of dissimulation. Informed by theories of dramaturgy, sociology, new historicism, and cultural criticism, this close reading of literary and historical texts gives us a new perspective on the politics of the Roman empire - and on the languages and representation of power."--Jacket
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DLC
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1966-
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Bartsch, Shadi
Index
index present
LC call number
PA6019
LC item number
.B37 1994
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Latin literature
  • Theater
  • Emperors in literature
  • Literature and history
  • Role playing in literature
  • Dictators in literature
  • Theater audiences
  • Communication
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
  • Littérature latine
  • Empereurs dans la littérature
  • Littérature et histoire
  • Jeu de rôle dans la littérature
  • Dictateurs dans la littérature
  • Théâtre
  • Communication orale
  • Rhétorique ancienne
  • Communication
  • Dictators in literature
  • Emperors in literature
  • Historiography
  • Latin literature
  • Literature and history
  • Rhetoric, Ancient
  • Role playing in literature
  • Theater
  • Theater audiences
  • Politieke macht
  • Misleiding
  • Dramaturgie
  • LITERATURA LATINA (HISTÓRIA E CRÍTICA)
  • TEATRO ROMANO (HISTÓRIA E CRÍTICA)
  • Littérature latine
  • Théâtre latin
  • Théâtre
  • Acteurs
  • Empereurs
  • Empereurs
  • Publics
  • Rome
  • Rome
  • Rome (Empire)
  • Rome
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Actors in the audience : theatricality and doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian, Shadi Bartsch
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-304) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
vi, 309 pages
Isbn
9780674003576
Lccn
93048739
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29879007
  • (OCoLC)ocm29879007
Label
Actors in the audience : theatricality and doublespeak from Nero to Hadrian, Shadi Bartsch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [289]-304) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
22 cm.
Extent
vi, 309 pages
Isbn
9780674003576
Lccn
93048739
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)29879007
  • (OCoLC)ocm29879007

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