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Electra is Greek tragedy's mourner par excellence. In Sophocles' dramatic version she is portrayed as stuck in a state of never-ending grief that fuels her desire for vengeance. On the modern stage she captures audiences' imagination with her powerful, multi-sensory spectacle of mourning. Electra is a transgressive character precisely because she mourns too intensely and for too long. She is trapped in a liminal space where both her mind and body are adversely affected by her excessivedoi:10.34679/thersites.vol9.131 fatcat:3ygczdktpjblzmrwqijx5nksiy