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date: 18 September 2019

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Greek tragedy has often been a point of departure in Mexico for discussing the state of the national theater. This chapter explores how the ancient genre has been associated with innovation and progress, as well as aesthetic reform, in the Mexican theater; it examines a selection of adaptations and stagings inspired by Greek tragedy (including those by Pedro de Silva y Sarmiento, Alfonso Reyes, and the Teatro de Orientación), as well as public debates and critical studies, that have been significant to the reception of tragedy in the country. These works span from the second half of the eighteenth century, when neoclassical intellectuals began to discuss plays inspired by Greek tragedy as vehicles for theater reform, to 1961, when Rodolfo Usigli attempted to create a modern national tragedy that would rival the ancient genre.

Keywords: Greek tragedy, Mexico, Pedro de Silva y Sarmiento, Ignacio Manuel Altamirano, Alfonso Reyes, Teatro de Orientación, Rodolfo Usigli

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