Portrayals of Antigone in Portugal gathers a collection of essays on the Portuguese drama rewritings of this Theban myth produced in the 20th and 21st centuries. For each of the cases analysed, the Portuguese historical, political and cultural context is described. This perspective is expanded through a dialogue with coeval European events. As concerns Portugal, this results principally in political and feminist approaches to the texts.
Since the importation of the Sophoclean model is often indirect, the volume includes comparisons with intermediate sources, namely French (Cocteau, Anouilh) and Spanish (María Zambrano), which were extremely influential on the many and diversified versions written in Portugal during this period.
Carlos Morais, PhD in Literature, University of Aveiro wrote his thesis on the Sophoclean trimeter, published as
O Trímetro Sofocliano: variações sobre um esquema (Lisboa, FCT/FCG, 2010). His main areas of research include Greek literature and the reception of Classical drama.
Lorna Hardwick, Emeritus Professor of Classical Studies, Open University, UK, is Honorary Research Associate at the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama, University of Oxford. She is co-editor of the
Classical Presences series (OUP) and founding editor of the
Classical Receptions Journal.
Maria de Fátima Silva, PhD in Literature with a thesis on Theatre criticism in Ancient Greek Comedy, is Full Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Coimbra.She has published several translations and written extensively on Greek Tragedy and Comedy and its modern reception.
Contributors to this volume are: Inês Alves Mendes, Rosa Andújar, Maria do Céu Fialho, Maria de Fátima Silva, Maria Fernanda Brasete, Lorna Hardwick, Aurora López, Carlos Morais, Konstantinos Nikoloutsos, Andrés Pociña, Ália Rosa Rodrigues, Nuno Simões Rodrigues, and Stéphanie Urdician.
All interested in Classical and Literary Studies, in Theatre and, mainly, in Reception Studies.