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Intertekstualna veza Sofoklove i Smoleove 'Antigone'


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Poljak, Katarina. (2017). Intertekstualna veza Sofoklove i Smoleove 'Antigone'. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of South Slavic Languages and Literature
Department of Comparative Literature. [mentor Čale Feldman, Lada and Latković, Ivana].

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The theme of this paper is the intertextual connection between Sophocles's and Smole's Antigone. Previous interpretations of Smole's text, as well as the Hegelian interpretations of Sophocles's tragedy, have ignored the complexity of that ancient text and the extremely problematic position of Sophocles Antigone as a heroine. Referring to Judith Butler's interpretation, this paper points out that Sophocles's heroine, because of her deviant role caused by incest, exists in a network of relationships that prevents her from maintaining a coherent position within kinship and within the state. In short, it will be shown that the potential for deconstruction of Antigone's character is not a novelty of Smole's text as a modernistic, existentialist intertextual version of the exalted antique tragedy, but that such potential exists in the very original. Also, it will be shown that the reinterpretation of the intertextual source necessarily reinterprets Smole's text. Since many existentialists viewed Sophocles's Antigone exactly as a prototype of the modernist heroine, this paper will consider such interpretations and compare them to Smole's, also existentialist, text. Finally, in view of Butler's reinterpretation and the existentialist outlook in both literary texts, this paper will further look into Smole's omission of the heroine from his dramatic concept. Her absence, on the one hand, further complicates her position because her actions are relayed to us through the perspectives of other characters. On the other hand, Butler notices the incoherence of the heroine's position due to her absence in Sophocles's original, which can also be transferred onto the other characters in Smole's text, and their actions as a different, but legitimate choice in an absurd situation. The ambivalence of identities, which Butler already found in Sophocles tragedy, is also revealed in the language of the poetic drama. Consequently, I will refer to the most relevant interpretation of Smole's work dealing with form and substance. Considering the proposed theses, the paper will conclude with several sentences about further interpretative possibilities of Smole's text and numerous other intertextual versions of Sophocles's tragedy.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Intertextuality, absent heroine, deviant position, existentialism, poetic drama
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > South Slavic languages and literatures - Slovenian
Comparative literature
Departments: Department of South Slavic Languages and Literature
Department of Comparative Literature
Supervisor: Čale Feldman, Lada and Latković, Ivana
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 08:46
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 08:46

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