Some notes on Romanian and Bulgarian comedy playwriting until mid-twentieth century in the contact Balkan zone of the comic Cover Image
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Някои бележки върху румънската и българската комедиография до средата на ХХ век в контактната балканска зона на комичното
Some notes on Romanian and Bulgarian comedy playwriting until mid-twentieth century in the contact Balkan zone of the comic

Author(s): Romeo Popiliev
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The paper deals with the common cultural, social and psychological dispositions that have influenced comedy playwriting in Romania and Bulgaria from the nineteenth century until about 1944, in the beginning drawing parallels between three renowned Balkan comic dramatists: Ion Luca Caragiale, Branislav Nušić and Stefan L. Kostov. The very troubled history of the Balkans with its inevitable closenesses, but also with its conflict-ridden and pulling-apart confrontations; with the aspirations of the Balkan nations both to identify themselves and their histories and to fit in with the European process of development, created a comic situation in itself, where the ‘bodies’ of these nations seemed to be unsettled between moving ahead and backwards at the same time; a movement that can’t but provide a lot of comic situations. Romanian comedy playwriting in the interwar period is analysed in brief using as examples the works of such playwrights as Victor Eftimiu, Camil Petrescu, Tudor Muşatescu and Mihail Sebastian, where an ideal, poeticised principle is contrasted to vile passions and aspirations in life: a new subject matter undoubtedly. The article ends with general reflections on the uniting power of theatre.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 49-51
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian