‘Homer’ Tackles Aeschylus

Alison Middleton
This article explores the limitations of Linda Hutcheon’s definition of adaptation as distinct “product” and “process” (2013), when applied to ancient theatre and its reception in twenty-first century performance. Two modern productions are used to problematise this binary: Anne Washburn’s Mr Burns (2014) and Robert Icke’s Oresteia (2015), both of which showcase theatre’s inherent status as ephemeral ‘process’. This article borrows Paul Davis’ notion of “culture-text” (1990) alongside terminology from Lawrence Venuti (1995) to describe...
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