Antigone: Methuen Student Edition

Antigone: Methuen Student Edition

by Jean Anouilh, Ted Freeman
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0413695409

ISBN-13: 9780413695406

Pub. Date: 07/01/2003

Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780413695406
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
07/01/2003
Series:
Student Editions Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
65,782
Product dimensions:
5.18(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.37(d)

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