Estonian drama and theatre as media of cultural memory Cover Image

Eesti näitekirjandus ja teater kultuurimälu meediumidena
Estonian drama and theatre as media of cultural memory

Author(s): Piret Kruuspere
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Estonian Literature, Theory of Literature, Drama
Published by: Tallinna Ülikooli Kirjastus
Keywords: dynamics and (inter)mediality of cultural memory;scenic afterlives of literary texts;Estonian memory theatre

Summary/Abstract: Literature, especially the historical novel, has been analysed as one of the main media of cultural memory. At the same time, the importance of translational transfers between media and art forms, as well as audio-visual media, has been stressed more often. The role of theatre as the medium of cultural memory has not been analysed so frequently. This article focuses on the relationship between dramatic art and national memory culture, including dramatic interpretations of historical epic literature, as well as the manner in which traumatic experiences of historical past have been processed in the form of drama and performance.On the basis of a number of works of Rein Saluri, Madis Kõiv and Merle Karusoo, the article also considers the possibility of defining Estonian memory theatre as a phenomenon. This research is based upon the studies of relations between memory and history, and drama and theatre (Malkin,Carlson, Rokem), as well as studies of cultural memory (Lotman, Assmanns, Erll, Rigney).

  • Issue Year: 2/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 35-58
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Estonian