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Antigone : Methuen Student Editions - Jean Anouilh

Antigone

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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. Jean Anouilh (1910-87) is one of France's best-known dramatists. His play "Antigone" was published during the Nazi occcupation of France in 1944 and is his most famous work.

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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Jean Anouilh is one of the foremost French writers of the 20th century Now regarded as a classic text Antigone is a set text for WJEC GCE Drama and Theatre Studies Contains expert notes on the author's life and work, historical and political background to the play, a glossary of difficult words and phrases and questions for study

"Anouilh is a poet, but not of words: he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing." --"Peter Brook, Director" "Anouilh is a poet, but not of words: he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing." --Peter Brook, Director Anouilh is a poet, but not of words: he is a poet of words-acted, of scenes-set, of players-performing. Peter Brook, Director"

Jean Anouilh: 1910-1987p. v
Plotp. xii
Commentary
Anouilh and the theatre of his timep. xix
Greek myth in twentieth-century French theatrep. xxvii
Sophocles and the myth of Antigonep. xxxiii
Anouilh's Antigonep. xxxvi
Antigone in performance: the 1944 controversy and afterp. xlv
Further Readingp. liv
Antigonep. 1
Notesp. 62
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ISBN: 9780413695406
ISBN-10: 0413695409
Series: Methuen Student Editions
Audience: BAC
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 148
Published: 1st August 2006
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.0  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.12
Edition Number: 1
Edition Type: New edition