Monday, June 1, 2015
This weekend I read Euripides' "Hippolytus," and now I'm reading Aeschylus' "Agamemnon." I am looking at these plays as being primarily about the leading women: Phaedra in the Euripides, Clytemnestra in the Aeschylus. At some point this summer, I will write something comparing these Greek wife/mother figures with Gertrude in "Hamlet." I won't write it here on this blog; I'll write it into Chapter 14, I think, of my novel Mona in the Desert, which novel I will begin revising next week or so. I don't know why I mention any of this here except that this blog, for better or worse, has become where I save these sorts of progress notes about my novels. Anyway, I plan to read a number of Greek tragedies in the coming days, ignoring any that don't feature a central wife/mother character. So this will be an interesting week. Hecuba? Aethra? Jocosta? Atossa? Alcmena? Hera, even? I am trying to avoid goddesses. We'll just see, though. I let the reading guide the reading, if you know what I mean.