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Юрсенаровата Клитемнестра като политически субект
Yourcenar’s Clytemnestra as a Political Subject

Author(s): Francheska Zemyarska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, French Literature
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Clytemnestra; political subject; stasis; matricide; monody

Summary/Abstract: The article examines how the French writer Marguerite Yourcenar reworked and reinterpreted the story of the House of Atreus. Yourcenar herself clearly distinguishes her reading of the classic tragedies by Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides. The present paper focuses mainly on the similarities with Aeschylus' trilogy Oresteia in order to outline what is new and different in Yourcenar's reading. My thesis is that the figure of Clytemnestra in “Fires” (Feux, “Clytemnestre ou le crime”, 1936) is presented as a political subject who is entitled to her own voice and political defence in court.

  • Issue Year: 66/2023
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 93-107
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Bulgarian