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A Psychoanalytic Reading of Selected Persian Children’s Plays
A Psychoanalytic Reading of Selected Persian Children’s Plays

Author(s): Zeinab Karimi, Bahee Hadaegh
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Theory of Literature, Drama
Published by: Hrvatska udruga istraživača dječje književnosti
Keywords: children’s drama; fantasy; ideology; other; subject; Slavoj Žižek;

Summary/Abstract: Once theatre aims at children, who are the citizens and decision makers of the future, it can influence the course of society through the values and worldviews that it promotes. The exceptional capacity of this medium in engaging the audience, along with children’s receptiveness, necessitates a meticulous study of the ideologies embedded in plays. This study unravels how these ideological factors can hamper the theatre’s main purpose which is to encourage the audience to form individual fantasies. Accordingly, Žižek’s theories are drawn upon for their hints on ideology, fantasy, reality, and subjectivity. Taking his psychoanalytic views into account, four Persian plays are examined to determine what ideologies underlie these plays’ motifs and instructions, as well as what may justify their presence in plays. On close inspection, it becomes evident that these plays are loaded with conscious manipulative ideologies which are intended to train homogeneous social members rather than present objective glimpses of real life.

  • Issue Year: 9/2020
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 293-312
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English