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Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage$
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Erin B. Mee and Helene P. Foley

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199586196

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.001.0001

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No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations

No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations

(p.288) (p.289) 16 No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations
Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage

Edward Ziter

Oxford University Press

The well-known Syrian star of film and television, Jihad Saad, staged Antigone's Emigration in 2006 to a packed audience at the Damascus International Theatre Festival. The play — which literally depicts a woman persecuted and forced into flight by war between two brothers — was performed in a city reeling from an influx of Iraqi refugees as the result of violence between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. Using the line ‘who has no homeland has no grave in the earth’, this chapter focuses on the way the production depicted ‘authority's violent displacement of its opponents, systematically erasing any memory of resistance from the homeland and any memory of the homeland from those who resist’. It argues that the production implicitly transforms Antigone into a searing analysis of violence in the Arab world and its effects on women.

Keywords:   Greek tragedy, Antigone, classics, theatre, Syrian theatre, Jihad Saad, Antigone's Emigation, Damascus International Theatre Festival, exile

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