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Ancient Drama and Contemporary Wars: the City Laid Waste ?

Abstract : If the representation of war in ancient tragedy may be of some relevance to the contemporary stage, it is because of the specificity of its dramatic dimension. We would like to reflect on the possibility for the dramaturgy of ancient tragedy to help us represent/envisage/feel the complexity and the disturbing, or even monstrous nature of contemporary wars, notwithstanding the separation, spelled by Aristotle, between tragedy and monstrosity. In what ways can contemporary drama seek, in ancient drama, a possibility of touching/transforming the individual and the community, when representing war ? To avoid too many examples we will deal with three productions : The Trojan Women, by George Tabori in Bremen in 1976, The Trojan Women again, by Matthias Langhoff in Rennes in 1998, and The Persians, by Dimitri Gotscheff in Berlin in 2006.
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Claire Lechevalier. Ancient Drama and Contemporary Wars: the City Laid Waste ?. Atlantide - Cahiers de l'EA 4276 L’Antique, le Moderne, EA 4276 - L’Antique, le Moderne, 2017, Violence tragique et guerres antiques au miroir du théâtre et du cinéma (XVIIe-XXIe), pp.42-49. ⟨hal-02151329⟩

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