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Oedipe mutilé - la figure oedipienne dans la littérature et dans la société (post-)totalitaire albanaise
Oedipus multilated - the Oedipal Figure in (Post-) Totalitarian Albanian Literature and Society

Author(s): Gentian Vyshka
Subject(s): Albanian Literature
Published by: SHKENCA Akademia e Shkencave e Shqipërisë
Keywords: Oedipus ; Oedipal Figure ; (Post-) Totalitarian Albanian Literature ; (Post-) Totalitarian Albanian Society

Summary/Abstract: The social image of the father-son relationship in the Albanian literature and cinema of the so-called period of Socialist Realism does not correspond to a uniform framework. The customary or mythical narrative, too, as described by anonymity, lacks uniformity. As one would expect, in the traditional way, the father-son relationship should follow the rules of a stifling patriarchalism, whereas the mother-woman appears under terms which describe her as a simple maid to the service of the master of the family-house. Her fate does not look much better in Kadare's broken April novel, where this figure is totally non-existent. The great writer has adopted an even more radical stance than Kanun. If the latter has leveled the figure of the woman-mother, the novelist has completely removed it by drawing a large line on it.

  • Issue Year: 2010
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 99-106
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: French