112th Annual Conference - Riverside Convention Center, California
Friday, October 31 - Sunday, November 2, 2014

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Disappearing Figures of Durassian Theatre

Elizabeth Lindley, University of Cambridge, UK

The theatrical works of Marguerite Duras deliberately destabilise accepted codes of mimetic presentation, freeing her characters to a space beyond the boundaries of realist theatre. I will elaborate the manner in which Duras’ female figures gradually disappear from realist representations to utter a dialogue beyond history, logic and a symbolic universe.

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The theatrical works of Marguerite Duras are brilliant but troubling, deliberately destabilise accepted codes of mimetic presentation to remove her characters to an empty space outside the boundaries of a realist theatre. My paper will elaborate the manner in which Duras creates theatrical figures that are freed from realist representation as female characters become spectral doubles, ghostly voices and eventually invisible figures. uttering a dialogue beyond history, logic and a symbolic universe. As Marguerite Duras dramatizes the invisibility of mental activity she privileges these female figures to embark on a creative quest for identity. 

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