Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

Voices from the Cave: the Chorus and the Figure of Echo in Timberlake Wertenbaker's The Love of the Nightingale

Laura Monrós Gaspar


The purpose of this paper is to analyse the presence and function of the figure of Echo in The Love of the Nightingale. In order to do so I will focus my study on the devices by which Wertenbaker achieves to update the function of the classical chorus throughout a discursive itinerary that digs into the twists and turns of the history of the female voice in the arts. Hence, I will first study the development of the male and female choruses in the plot of the play in order to establish the macrostructure in which the character of Echo is depicted. Then, in the realms of these two collectivities I will expose the strategies by which Wertenbaker splits the voice of the nymph from a male discursive counterpart and etches her words in the experience of other female myths of the unvoiced.

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