Human Sacrifice on the Restoration Stage: The Case of Venice Preserv'd

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Abstract

The article tackles the literary shifts of "Venice Preserv'd" which relates to human sacrifice and the faces of humanity evolving beyond it. It notes that there is a progressive literalization of the metaphors in the play with which culture describes its own residually primitive strands. It also discusses the adaptation and representation of Euripides' two Iphigenia plays "Iphigenia in Aulis" and "Iphigenia in Taurica," where human sacrifice was a dominant theme.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-384
Number of pages20
JournalPhilological Quarterly
Volume88
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

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