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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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“As if he was not a grandson but the child of the Greeks”: Wajdi Mouawad’s Dialogue with Antiquity (Magdalena Hasiuk)


Magdalena Hasiuk*

“As if he was not a grandson but the child of the Greeks”:1 Wajdi Mouawad’s Dialogue with Antiquity

Abstract: The article attempts to define references to Antiquity in a versatile Lebanese artist Wajdi Mouawad’s work process on Scorched and in the text itself. The analysis of mythical references, their functions and the meanings acquired through them let us realise how the playwright’s personal experiences connected with civil war, exile and the search for his own identity found their roots in the cosmos of Greek references. The myth of Oedipus present in Scorched appears not only as a thematic repetition or the model of the drama structure. It is a tool permitting to recover the meaning of the world after a personal and social trauma. Metaphysical values, and “the mythical core” they are connected with, make it possible to return to “the situation of positively primary experience of the world” (Kołakowski). This feature of Mouawad’s text links it to Jerzy Grotowski’s Tu es le fils de quelqu’un on many levels.

Keywords: Biography, Sophocles, Myth of Oedipus, socially engaged theatre, “the mythical organization of the world”, Grotowski

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Eugenio Barba, Italian director and founder of a more than half-century-old international company Odin Theater, in his lecture given in Wrocław in October 2011 on the occasion of the release of the Polish translation of his then latest book entitled Spalić dom (On Directing and Dramaturgy: Burning...

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