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Antigone

Format:  Paperback,

72 pages

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic

Publish Date: May 2001

ISBN-13: 9780413695406

ISBN-10: 0413695409

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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 his allegorical tale, Antigone defies the tyrant Creon and is sent to her death. "Antigone" conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance to Nazi occupation; but the author's characterisaation 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.

Commentary and notes by Ted Freeman.

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Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Academic
Publish Date: May 2001
ISBN-13: 9780413695406
ISBN-10: 0413695409
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 72
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.15
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 4.5 x 7.25 x 0.5
Walmart No.: 0978041369540

About the author

Biography of Anouilh, Jean

Jean Anouilh was born on June 23, 1910, in France. Anouilh studied law as a teenager and worked briefly in advertising. He soon became aware of his strong attraction to the theatre and became one of France's foremost playwrights and screenwriters. Anouilh's works are noted for their theatrical conventions. His plays, many of which are bleak dramas, feature characters facing highly moral dilemmas. He uses such conventions as flashbacks, role reversals, and play-within-a-play to achieve dramatic effects.

Anouilh received a New York Drama Critics Circle Award for his play Waltz of the Toreadors and a Tony award for Thieves Carnival. Other well-known works include Antigone, Eurydice and the film Pattes Blanches. Anouilh suffered a heart attack and died in 1987.

Chapter outline

Jean Anouilh: 1910-1987
Plot
Commentary
Anouilh and the theatre of his time
Greek myth in twentieth-century French theatre
Sophocles and the myth of Antigone
Anouilh's Antigone
Antigone in performance: the 1944 controversy and after
Further Reading
Antigone
Notes

Book description

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 his allegorical tale, Antigone defies the tyrant Creon and is sent to her death.

Antigone conveyed to Anouilh's compatriots a covert message of heroic resistance to Nazi occupation; but the author's characterisaation 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.

Commentary and notes by Ted Freeman.

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