9782710300250

Antigone

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  • ISBN13:

    9782710300250

  • ISBN10:

    2710300257

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 1946-06-01
  • Publisher: Table Ronde
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Summary

Orginially produced in Paris in 1942, when France was an occupied nation and part of Hitler's Europe, this play depicts an authoritarian regime and the play's central character, the young Antigone, mirrored the predicament of the French people in the grips of tyranny.

Author Biography

Jean Anouilh, one of the foremost French playwrights of the twentieth century, replaced the mundane realist works of the previous era with his innovative dramas, which exploit fantasy, tragic passion, scenic poetry and cosmic leaps in time and space. Antigone, his best-known play, was performed in 1944 in Nazi-controlled Paris and provoked fierce controversy. In defying the tyrant Creon and going to her death, Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance; but the author's characterisation of Creon also seemed to exonerate Marshal petain and his fellow collaborators. More ambivalent than his ancient model, Sophocles, Anouilh uses Greek myth to explore the disturbing moral dilemmas of our times.

Table of Contents

Jean Anouilh: 1910-1987p. v
Plotp. xii
Commentary
Anouilh and the theatre of his timep. xix
Greek myth in twentieth-century French theatrep. xxvii
Sophocles and the myth of Antigonep. xxxiii
Anouilh's Antigonep. xxxvi
Antigone in performance: the 1944 controversy and afterp. xlv
Further Readingp. liv
Antigonep. 1
Notesp. 62
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