"JEWISH TEXT” OF LATVIAN LITERATURE: DRAMA AND THEATRE

  • Vasiljeva, E.
Abstract:
The corpus of literary texts, where the Jewish theme is stated to a greater or lesser extent (Old Testament imagery, characters-Jews, facts from Jewish history, etc.), is considered the Jewish Text. In any national literature, the Jewish theme demonstrates the attitude towards Jews in a certain national environment rather than the specifics of Jewry. In Latvian literature, because of a special historical and cultural situation, there develops an original Jewish text with the structural elements changed under the influence of the historical events and in accordance to the individual perception of an author. Drama becomes one of the types of literature that determines the development of the Jewish text. In Latvian literature, the first image of a Jew appeared exactly in drama (?. Alun?ns “Icigs Mozes”, 1876). In the late 19th century, R. Blaumanis turns out to be one of those, who emphatically introduce the Jewish text into his artistic worldview, equally presenting it in his prose and drama. In this regard the dramatic examples become almost paridigmatic. In 4 of the 14 dramatic texts, a character-Jew appears in the system of characters: a comedy “Zag?i” (“The Thieves”, 1891), a folk drama “?aunais gars” (“The Evil Spirit”, 1892), a comedy “Tr?nes gr?ki” (“Trina’s Sins”, 1897) and scenes from everyday life “Skroderdienas Silma?os” (“The Tailor Days in Silma?i”, 1902). In relation to genre, all the above-mentioned texts are closer to the genre of comedy, which in Blaumanis’s case is characterized by a special well-established system of characters. In a sense, the system of characters in Blaumanis’s comedies goes back to the tradition of the Italian folk comedy – Commedia dell’Arte. In drama, the Jewish text is one of the markers of Latvian literature and national theatrical tradition.
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Year:
2017
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
Keywords:
Jewish Text ; drama; Commedia dell’Arte; others; comedy
Volume:
17
SGEM Book title:
References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017, www.sgemvienna.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-97-1 / ISSN 2367-5659, March 28-31, Book6, Vol.1, 179-186 pp, DOI:10.5593/SGE
Book number:
6.1
SGEM Series:
International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts-SGEM
Pages:
179-186
Publisher address:
51 Alexander Malinov blvd, Sofia, 1712, Bulgaria
SGEM supporters:
Bulgarian Acad Sci; Acad Sci Czech Republ; Latvian Acad Sci; Polish Acad Sci; Russian Acad Sci; Serbian Acad Sci & Arts; Slovak Acad Sci; Natl Acad Sci Ukraine; Natl Acad Sci Armenia; Sci Council Japan; World Acad Sci; European Acad Sci, Arts & Letters; Ac
Period:
4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017
ISBN:
978-619-7105-97-1
ISSN:
2367-5659
Conference:
References: 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017, www.sgemvienna.org, SGEM2017 Conference Proceedings, ISBN 978-619-7105-97-1 / ISSN 2367-5659, March 28-31, Book6, Vol.1, 179-186 pp, DOI:10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2017/HB61/S11.22, 4th International Multidisciplinary Scientific Conference on Social Sciences and Arts SGEM2017
DOI:
10.5593/SGEMSOCIAL2017/HB61/S11.22
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