A rejuvenated ancient myth:

Un mythe antique rajeuni : « l’Orphée » de Jean COCTEAU
A rejuvenated ancient myth: "L'Orphée" by Jean COCTEAU

Author(s): Constanţa Niţă
Subject(s): Studies of Literature
Published by: Editura Universitatii din Oradea
Keywords: Orphic myth; theatricality; game of illusion; stage direction; productive reading; initiatory journey; Orphism; hybris; desecration; anachronisms;

Summary/Abstract: In his "Orpheus", Jean COCTEAU (1889-1963) seized on the Orphic myth by making Orphism, as a magic power of language, one of his favorite themes. The myth of the legendary Orpheus, this tragic hero of love, stronger than death, is capitalized in the very heart of Cocteau's dramatic universe as a preferen-tial theme that leads to the drama of the poet, the creator. The author even wanted to make "the myth of the playwright - poet skinned alive". However, the integration of the archetypal structures that are the myths in the modern mentality is a desire to rejuvenate them, without worrying about anachronisms, treating them without solemnity and desecrating them wisely.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 91-104
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: French