Dal mito alla storia: l'Alcesti semita di Alberto Savinio fra riprese e rovesciamenti

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] From myth to history: Alberto Savinio's Semitic Alcestis between filming and reversing

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Abstract

[Autom. eng. transl.] Analysis of the drama Alcestis by Samuele, by Alberto Savinio, published in 1949 and staged in 1950, at the Piccolo in Milan, directed by Strehel. It deals with the declination of the myth of Alcestis according to the existential pessimism of the Author, who has made one of the points of reference of his theater of the reflection on death. The genesis of the drama, according to Savinio himself, is to be found in a chronicle, happened in Vienna to the publisher of a musical house at the time of the Nuremberg racial laws, to which he was forced to choose between work and divorce from the Jewish wife. The story is set in Munich, where Savinio lived, and Teresa-Alcesti is drowned in the Isar river. At the beginning Savinio takes care to underline the correspondences between myth and history (Teresa-Alcesti, Admeto-Paul, Heracle_the American President Franklin Delano Rosevelt), but with the progress of the dramatic story, he takes distances in an increasingly massive way, until to the final reversal, in which Teresa_Alcesti returns to life only to bring her husband with her into death. Analysis of echoes and Euripidean allusions (and their variations) that Savinio introduces in his rewrite.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] From myth to history: Alberto Savinio's Semitic Alcestis between filming and reversing
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationIl mito della donna, le donne del mito. Positano Myth Festival: Atti dell'incontro di studi, Positano, Museo del Viaggio, 11 settembre 2011
EditorsStefano Amendola, Paola Volpe
Pages39-69
Number of pages31
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Alcesti
  • Alcestis
  • Reception Studies
  • Savinio, Alberto

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