THE BAROQUE TRANSFIGURATION OF NARCISSUS' MYTH IN RADU STANCA'S PLAY OCHIUL (THE EYE) Cover Image

THE BAROQUE TRANSFIGURATION OF NARCISSUS' MYTH IN RADU STANCA'S PLAY OCHIUL (THE EYE)
THE BAROQUE TRANSFIGURATION OF NARCISSUS' MYTH IN RADU STANCA'S PLAY OCHIUL (THE EYE)

Author(s): Constanţa Niţă
Subject(s): Romanian Literature
Published by: Editura Universitatii din Oradea
Keywords: mythos; archetypal model; anachronism; desacralization; trompe l'oeil; textual metaphor; mise en abyme;

Summary/Abstract: The theatre, in relation to poetry, does not represent for Radu Stanca but a different register to convert his obsessions sublimated on the stage. Additionally, the stage answers to the ideal “visual challenge” that the baroque brought, along with its unstoppable “passion for appearances”. Within the play The Eye (a ”tragic phantasm”), Radu Stanca stages a baroque character that fascinates by his oxymoronic, ambiguous, bipolar and mystifying nature. The central symbol of the play, the eye – as a mirror of the spirit and a divine sign –ushers in the facets of specularity, the motif of the mirror, considered the very “symbol of the symbolism”. Stanca’s character becomes an anti- Narcissus through the baroque transfiguration of the well-known myth.

  • Issue Year: 23/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 98-104
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English