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The Trojan Women "Pre-Talk"
Start Date: 4/24/2014Start Time: 6:30 PM
End Date: 4/24/2014End Time: 7:30 PM

Event Description
Join Associate Professor of Classics Mary Bachvarova for a lively discussion about The Trojan Women immediately prior to that evening's performance. 

Euripides' The Trojan Women presents the voices of female victims singing passionate laments to protest their wartime suffering. Several of these features require deeper explanation for modern audiences to understand the implications of the tragic performance of the Trojan women's lament for Euripides' original audience. Professor Bachvarova will first discuss the democratic context of the rise of tragedy, presenting the argument that in tragedy, male citizens co-opted the female art of lament, silencing their dangerously divisive voices on the streets of Athens while making use of the power structures and behavior of the males who controlled them. Hecuba and the other Trojan women are doubly "other", female and foreign, the mythical enemies of the Greeks, and witnessing their outsider voices allowed Athenian citizens to participate safely in a protest of the cruel Athenian military policies during the Peloponnesian War. 
Location Information:
*WU Campus - Pelton Theatre  (View Map)
900 State Street
Salem, Oregon 97301
Phone: 503-370-6300
Contact Information:
Name: Theatre Department
Phone: (503) 370-6221

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