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Tragic props and cognitive function [electronic resource] : aspects of the function of images in thinking / by Colleen Chaston.

By: Chaston, Colleen.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica BatavaSupplementum: 317.; Mnemosyne, bibliotheca classica BatavaSupplementum. Monographs on Greek and Roman language and literature: Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2010Description: 1 online resource (xx, 269 p.) : ill.ISBN: 9789047430827 (electronic bk.); 9047430824 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Greek drama (Tragedy) -- History and criticism | Imagery (Psychology) in literature | Theaters -- Stage-setting and scenery -- Greece -- History | Theater -- Greece -- History -- To 500 | Theater -- Greece -- History -- To 500 | Literature | LITERARY CRITICISM -- Ancient & Classical | Trag�odie | Bildersprache | Metapher | Symbolik | Griechenland (Altertum)Genre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Tragic props and cognitive function.DDC classification: 880/.010922 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Introduction. Aristotle's opsis ; The sorts of images we find in tragedy ; Cognitive psychology and the role of imagery in problem solving -- The shield : Aiskhylos, Seven against Thebes : 375-676 -- The urn : Sophokles, Elektra -- The mask of Dionysos : Euripides, Bakkhai.
Review: "By applying aspects of cognitive psychology to a study of three key tragic props, this book examines the importance of visual imagery in ancient Greek tragedy. The shield, the urn and the mask are props which serve as controls for investigating the connection between visual imagery and the spectators' intellectual experience of tragic drama. As vehicles for conceptual change the props point to a function of imagery in problem solving. Connections between the visual and the cognitive in tragedy, particularly through image shape and its potential for various meanings, add a new perspective to scholarship on the role of the visual in ancient performance. These connections also add weight to the importance of imagery in contemporary problem solving an creative thought."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [245]-259) and indexes.

Introduction. Aristotle's opsis ; The sorts of images we find in tragedy ; Cognitive psychology and the role of imagery in problem solving -- The shield : Aiskhylos, Seven against Thebes : 375-676 -- The urn : Sophokles, Elektra -- The mask of Dionysos : Euripides, Bakkhai.

"By applying aspects of cognitive psychology to a study of three key tragic props, this book examines the importance of visual imagery in ancient Greek tragedy. The shield, the urn and the mask are props which serve as controls for investigating the connection between visual imagery and the spectators' intellectual experience of tragic drama. As vehicles for conceptual change the props point to a function of imagery in problem solving. Connections between the visual and the cognitive in tragedy, particularly through image shape and its potential for various meanings, add a new perspective to scholarship on the role of the visual in ancient performance. These connections also add weight to the importance of imagery in contemporary problem solving an creative thought."--Jacket.

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