Ruoli attanziali e valenze simboliche della Sfinge nella drammaturgia edipica, dall’epoca del Simbolismo ai giorni nostri

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Actantial roles and symbolic values of the Sphinx in Oedipal dramaturgy, from the era of Symbolism to the present day

Corrado Cuccoro

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Abstract

In Oedipus’ myth, the Sphinx is a characteristic and crucial motif, about whose origins and functions interpreters since the antiquity have been raising questions. Literarily present mainly in striking but fleeting evocations on the Attic stage and in mythographers’ writings, the Sphinx gains a leading role from the Romantic period on and mostly in Symbolist movement, becoming an emblem either of enigmaticity of being or of psycho-existential states. A history of this relevant motif in western dramatical production, which could take into account both their multi-faced roles and interconnections with other literary genres and visual arts in the broadest cultural context, has not yet been written; therefore, this paper offers a brief overview of the classical sources about the Sphinx, historical and typological remarks on nineteen modern versions of the myth (by H. Ibsen, A. Jarry, J. Péladan, M. de Unamuno, G. Prellwitz, H. von Hofmannsthal, O. Kokoschka, A. Gide, J. Cocteau, G. Enescu – E. Fleg, J. de Castro Osório, N. Correia, P. P. Pasolini, A. Moravia, M. Hubay, M. Valency, S. Berkoff, R. Rosso, S. Bartegazzi), and finally a minimal anthology. The bibliography here provided refers strictly to defined quotations.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Actantial roles and symbolic values of the Sphinx in Oedipal dramaturgy, from the era of Symbolism to the present day
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationPersonajes secundarios con historia. XIX Congreso Internacional de Teatro Grecolatino y su pervivencia en la Cultura Occidental, Valencia 14, 15 y 16 de Octubre 2015
Pages225-252
Number of pages28
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Edipo
  • Letteratura teatrale
  • Oedipus
  • Reception Studies
  • Sfinge
  • Simbolismo
  • Sphinx
  • Symbolism

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