No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations

Edward Blaise Ziter

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Abstract

The well-known Syrian star of film and television, Jihad Saad, staged Antigone's Emigration in 2006 to a packed audience at the Damascus International Theatre Festival. The play - which literally depicts a woman persecuted and forced into flight by war between two brothers - was performed in a city reeling from an influx of Iraqi refugees as the result of violence between Sunni and Shi'a Muslims. Using the line 'who has no homeland has no grave in the earth', this chapter focuses on the way the production depicted 'authority's violent displacement of its opponents, systematically erasing any memory of resistance from the homeland and any memory of the homeland from those who resist'. It argues that the production implicitly transforms Antigone into a searing analysis of violence in the Arab world and its effects on women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAntigone on the Contemporary World Stage
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191728754
ISBN (Print)9780199586196
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 16 2011

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Antigone
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Authority
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Jihad
Sunni
Opponents
Flight

Keywords

  • Antigone
  • Antigone's emigation
  • Classics
  • Damascus international theatre festival
  • Exile
  • Greek tragedy
  • Jihad saad
  • Syrian theatre
  • Theatre

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)

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Ziter, E. B. (2011). No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations. In Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.003.0016

No Grave in the Earth : Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations. / Ziter, Edward Blaise.

Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Oxford University Press, 2011.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Ziter, EB 2011, No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations. in Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.003.0016
Ziter EB. No Grave in the Earth: Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations. In Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Oxford University Press. 2011 https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586196.003.0016
Ziter, Edward Blaise. / No Grave in the Earth : Antigone's Emigration and Arab Circulations. Antigone on the Contemporary World Stage. Oxford University Press, 2011.
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