The Greek Theatrical Mask as Enduring Object and Symbol
Speaker: Al Duncan, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
April 21, 2016, 6pm
ASU West Campus, Kiva Hall
The masks worn in classical Greek theater, made of linen and other perishable materials, have left no direct evidence in the archaeological record. However these material objects, in their time, were the most durable aspect of an ephemeral theatrical performance. Their unique material and aesthetic qualities initially made masks, along with other theatrical wear, enduring signifiers of individual dramas. Eventually, such commemorations evolved into the paired comic and tragic masks which we understand today to symbolize the arts in general. This talk explores the place and function of these theatrical masks at the intersection of literary and material culture.
Al Duncan is Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This year he is completing a manuscript entitled “Ugly Productions” that explores the role of aesthetics in mediating genre within fifth-century Athenian theater.
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