An Argentine Tradition

Moira Fradinger

in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586196
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728754 | DOI:

Series: Classical Presences

An Argentine Tradition

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This chapter argues that Antigone is Argentina's ‘national play’. Antigona has been appropriated ‘at crucial foundational moments in which violence sealed tragic and unstable pacts of national unification and women played key roles, [and has been] summoned to build or to sacrifice for the nation or moved to resist power’. The chapter analyses Leopoldo Marechal's 1951 Antígona Vélez, Alberto de Zavalía's 1959 El Limite (The Limit), Griselda Gambaro's 1986 Antigona Furiosa, and Jorge Huertas 2002 Antigonas, Linaje de Hembrás (Antigones, Female Lineage), arguing that the central question of all these productions is: will Argentina continue to sacrifice its women and exclude others and promulgate internal violence and terror in order to build a modern nation?

Keywords: Greek tragedy; Antigone; Argentine theatre; comparative literature; Sophocles; reception; Leopoldo Marechal; Alberto de Zavalía; Griselda Gambaro; Jorge Huertas

Chapter.  10734 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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