Antunes Filho's Prismatic Theatre: Staging Nelson Rodrigues and Brazilian Identities

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ProQuest, 2008 - 230 pages
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The dissertation seeks to comprehend specific elements of Brazilian identity encoded in Antunes Filho's 1980s adaptations of four plays by Nelson Rodrigues. The study is from the perspective of a dramaturg and culminates in a hermeneutic approach. It historicizes certain ideological and artistic aspects of Antunes' career trajectory that led Antunes to create a uniquely suitable aesthetic for the Brazilian theatre, to promote Brazilian literary culture and to elevate social consciousness in his actors. It examines a sampling of national characteristics and values that Antunes appears to highlight in his prismatic pursuit of a Brazilian style of theatre---a theatre geared towards the twenty-first century, yet set against the backdrop of Brazil's troubled re-emergence from military authoritarianism towards responsible democracy. By staging the mythopoeic side of Nelson Rodrigues, Antunes amplifies Rodrigues' ability to capture his nation's anxieties and aspirations---both worldly and cosmic---provoking a widespread positive reconsideration of Rodrigues' dramatic importance.

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