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Walton, J. Michael 1939-

Works: 69 works in 303 publications in 2 languages and 8,966 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Exhibition catalogs  Mythological plays  Tragedies (Drama)  Comedy plays  Verse drama  Dictionaries  Stories, plots, etc 
Roles: Author, Translator, Editor, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PA3201, 882.01
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by J. Michael Walton
The Greek sense of theatre : tragedy reviewed by J. Michael Walton( Book )

38 editions published between 1984 and 2015 in English and held by 1,149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In The Greek Sense of Theatre, J. Michael Walton proposes that we consider Greek tragedy of the fifth century BC as performance-based, with a visual emphasis overlooked in much classical scholarship. Greek plays have survived as written texts, virtually without stage direction, and because the conditions of the first performance were never recorded, it tends to be assumed that language was the most important feature of the Greek drama. Professor Walton seeks to disprove this idea, expanding this new edition to include the comedies of Aristophenes and Menander as well as the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides
Euripides our contemporary by J. Michael Walton( )

20 editions published between 2009 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,018 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides Our Contemporary is a major new study of the work of the great classical tragedian that illuminates his work and demonstrates both its vitality and how it continues to speak to us today. Taking a thematic approach to Euripides' plays it provides the reader with a wide-ranging and thorough appreciation of the writer's entire canon. For students, teachers and practitioners this is the best single-volume treatment of the writer's work, considering the plays for their accessibility and for their focus on issues and concerns which are as significant as ever in the modern world
Greek theatre practice by J. Michael Walton( Book )

18 editions published between 1980 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge companion to Greek and Roman theatre( Book )

23 editions published between 2006 and 2012 in English and held by 816 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of essays by prominent academics and practitioners investigates in detail the history of performance in the classical Greek and Roman world
The art of ancient Greek theater by Mary Louise Hart( Book )

12 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 626 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Art of Ancient Greek Theater considers the vibrant imprint that ancient Greek tragedy and comedy left on the visual arts of classical Greece. Theatrical performance as we know it originated in the mid-sixth century B.C. with choral dances held in honor of Dionysos, the Greek god of wine and patron of the theater. The great tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, as well as the comedies of Aristophanes and Menander are preserved as some of the world's most renowned literature and have formed the basis for theater performance as it is still practiced. Beyond being popular in their day, these plays inspired an array of lively paintings and sculpture, and those works represent, in some cases, the only evidence we have of some of the plays from ancient Greece
Craig on theatre by Edward Gordon Craig( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 1999 in English and Undetermined and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Craig on Theatre' presents the essence of Edward Gordon Craig's ideas. This volume is a companion to 'Artaud on Theatre', 'Brecht on Theatre' and 'Meyerhold on Theatre."
Living Greek theatre : a handbook of classical performance and modern production by J. Michael Walton( Book )

9 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 521 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Menander and the making of comedy by J. Michael Walton( Book )

13 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 441 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fascinating introduction to the comedy of Menander is the work of two classical scholars, both of whom have worked extensively as theatre practitioners. This is the first book to consider the plays of Menander primarily as performance pieces and to uncover the dramatic technique of this widely admired comic writer, whose plays had all but disappeared until the 1950s. Looking at the theatrical context of Menandrian comedy in its widest sense, the book includes discussions of recent productions, the recovery of the texts, the treatment of women and slaves, the nature of Menander's comedy, and where it may have led within the European tradition. This book will be of interest to both students of theatre and classicists
Found in translation : Greek drama in English by J. Michael Walton( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 423 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In considering the practice and theory of translating classical Greek plays into English from a theatrical perspective, this book also addresses the wider issues of transferring any piece of theatre from a source into a target language. The history of translating classical tragedy and comedy, here fully investigated for the first time, demonstrates how through the ages translators have, wittingly or unwittingly, appropriated Greek plays and made them reflect socio-political concerns of their own era. Chapters are devoted to topics including verse and prose, mask and non-verbal language, stage directions and subtext, and translating the comic. Among the plays discussed as 'case studies' are Aeschylus' Agamemnon, Sophocles' Oedipus tyrannus and Euripides' Medea and Alcestis. This book concludes with a consideration of the boundaries between 'translation' and 'adaptation', followed by an appendix of every translation of Greek tragedy and comedy into English from the 1550s to the present day.--Book jacket flap
Amid our troubles : Irish versions of Greek tragedy by J. Michael Walton( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This collection of provocative essays reveals how some of the great Irish poets and dramatists of the past and present, have drawn on Greek myths and used these stories to bring new insights on the world in which we now live
Plays by Euripides( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays by Aeschylus( Book )

6 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

New comedy by Aristophanes( Book )

6 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Written in the century following the defeat of Athens by the Spartans in the Peloponnesian War, these four plays signal a change of emphasis in stage comedy more appropriate to the new world order of the fourth century BC. Aristophanes is the only Greek playwright whose work spans the fifth and fourth centuries BC and links the direct slapstick and bawdy of Old Comedy to the more subtle situational New Comedy. Women in Power and Wealth complete the cycle of Aristophanes's extant plays begun in Aristophanes Plays: One and Plays: Two, translated by Kenneth McLeish. Writing seventy years after Aristophanes's death, Menander's only complete surviving works, The Malcontent and The Woman from Samos are here translated by J. Michael Walton. Kenneth McLeish and J. Michael Walton provide full introductions, discussing the plays and placing them in their political and social context
Electra by Sophocles( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 172 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Electra recounts the murders of Clytemnestra and Aegisthus by Clytemnestra's son Orestes, to avenge their murder of his father Agamemnon, commander of the Greeks at Troy, upon his return home. Sophocles' version is presented from the viewpoint of Electra, Orestes' sister, who laments her father, bears witness to her mother's crime, and for years endures her mother's scorn. When Orestes arrives at last, her mood shifts from grief to joy as Orestes carries out the bloody vengeance. Despite her overwhelming passion for just revenge, Electra admits that her own actions are shameful."
Four Roman comedies( Book )

3 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Plautus and Terence are the only two Roman writers of comedies whose work has survived. So popular were Plautus' farces that his name alone was enough to pull in the crowds; Terence's dramas appealed to a more sophisticated audience and were regularly revised in later times. This volume brings together Plautus' The Haunted House (Mostellaria) in which the intrigues of a clever slave provide a virtuoso comic role; his Casina, or A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Wedding, a fast moving romp, full of joie de vivre, Terence's The Eunuch, his greatest success and closest in style to the plays of Plautus; and his Brothers, a very modern comedy about how to bring up children."--Jacket
Six Greek comedies by J. Michael Walton( Book )

5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Plays two by Sophocles( Book )

7 editions published between 1990 and 1998 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Translating classical plays : collected papers by J. Michael Walton( )

9 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 127 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

5 'Good manners, decorum or the public peace': Greek drama and the censor Modes of Censorship and Translation (2007) -- 6 Vacuum or agenda: The translator's dilemma Classical and Modern Literature (2007) -- 7 Transfusion or transgression: The translator as director in Medea Proceedings of the X and XI Meetings of the ECCD at Delphi -- Part 3 Greek tragedy -- Introduction -- 8 'Enough give in it': Translating the classical play The Blackwell Companion to Classical Receptions -- 9 'Men as they ought to be': Sophocles in translation Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012)
Plays by Aristophanes( Book )

4 editions published between 1993 and 1998 in English and Multiple languages and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Electra by Euripides( Book )

4 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 109 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Euripides takes the old myth of Orestes' and Elektra's revenge on their mother Klytemnestra for their father Agamemnon's murder and reinterprets it in realistic, human terms
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Greek theatre practice
Euripides our contemporaryGreek theatre practiceThe Cambridge companion to Greek and Roman theatreThe art of ancient Greek theaterCraig on theatreMenander and the making of comedyFound in translation : Greek drama in EnglishAmid our troubles : Irish versions of Greek tragedy
Alternative Names
Walton, J. M. 1939-

Walton, J.Michael

Walton, J. Michael 1939-

Walton, John Michael 1939-

Walton, Michael 1939-

ج. مايكل والتون، 1939-