Self as another - trans-identity in drama

Vetvetja si një tjetër - transidentiteti në dramën "Nita" të Josip Relës
Self as another - trans-identity in drama "Nita" of Josip Rela

Author(s): Valbona Berisha
Subject(s): Gender Studies, Albanian Literature, Phenomenology, Theory of Literature, Identity of Collectives
Published by: Univeristeti i Prishtinës, Fakulteti i Filologjisë
Keywords: identity; self; other; trans-identity; complexity;

Summary/Abstract: The issue of identity is at the centre of all literary observations which express the complex relationship between self and the other. The need to recognize ourselves in relation to the others, to assert its identity, belongs to every individual, every community and every culture. Identity can be seen as a result of a temporary cultural process, which is in constant transformation.In this research we will present one of the most delicate issues regarding female-trans- identity. For this we will rely on the theory of Paul Ricour's "Soi-même comme un autre - self as another", in the drama "Nita" of Josip Rela. Heroine, Nita is the female character who represents the best issue of trans- identity and self-definition. Like any other girl, she also has an identity, a father and the lover Zef. However, everything changes from the moment when the residents of the village Brisk of Shkodra, from the fear of Turkish attacks move to villages Arbnesh of Zadar, in Croatia. Before leaving, Nita promises to Zef that she would wait for him for the rest of her life. And to avoid the young men who wanted to marry her, she asks the consent of the Elderly Council to be declared as a male. Her Trans -identity endorsed by a church ceremony and she was baptized by the name Tani. But how did Nita felt into other skin?To answer this complex issue we will first point to Nita's desire to be another, secondly experiences, the challenges within herself at the transit phase and, finally, the anxiety she experiences to return to herself.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 35
  • Page Range: 669 - 708
  • Page Count: 40
  • Language: Albanian