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The Metamorphoses of Ancient Myths

Edited By Malgorzata Budzowska, Burc Idem Dincel, Jadwiga Czerwinska and Katarzyna Chizynska

This book gives a comprehensive overview of the phenomenon of artistic dialogue with ancient myths. The contributions assume a double-track research approach. The contributors investigate the procedure of myths' recycling within Greco-Roman antiquity, and they consider modern re-occupations of myths in dramatic literature and theatre. Providing various examples of myths' reception from antiquity to present days, this book confirms the persistent human need of re-mythization.

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Yvan Goll and Ancient Legacy in His Work (Tomasz Kaczmarek)


Tomasz Kaczmarek*

Yvan Goll and Ancient Legacy in His Work

Abstract: Ivan Goll (1891–1950) represents the generation of expressionist writers who attempted to discover new forms of artistic expression. His unique works can be regarded as part of various avant-garde artistic trends seeking by any means to reject previous creative achievements. In order to implement the concept of renovation of the theatre, the author of The Panama Canal makes use of distant ancient legacy, in the same way as Antonin Artaud or Witkacy. In this manner, Goll – paradoxically and consequently – contributes to the crisis of drama and theatre and lays down the basis for postdramatic theatre. In this context, it seems interesting to quote Goll’s Le Surdrame (Das Überdram), where he specifies his new scenic visions, and to study his most important drama Mathusalem ou l’Éternel Bourgeois (Methusalem oder Der ewige Bürger) which is an attempt to implement these concepts in practice.

Keywords: Yvan Goll, ancient legacy, avant-garde, crisis of drama, postdramatic theatre

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