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Quando il mito perde i suoi dèi

La storia degli Atridi in House of Names di Colm Tóibín

Enrico Medda    Università di Pisa, Italia    

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Colm Tóibín’s novel House of Names proposes an engaging reinterpretation of the ancient myth of the Atreidae, which becomes an occasion for bitter reflections on political oppression and violence. It is at the same time a Bildungsroman of Orestes, whose childhood is protected against the violence of his mother and Aegisthus by his stay, together with two young friends, Leander and Mitros, in a totally isolated place, a house without time where ancient myths are still alive in the narrations of an old woman. This essay deals with Tóibín’s complex relationship with his ancient sources, that are sometimes directly referred to, while in other occasion they are freely manipulated with the introduction of new characters and a substantial redefinition of traditional ones, such as Iphigenia, Cytemnestra, Orestes, Electra and Aegisthus.

Pubblicato
13 Dicembre 2022
Accettato
07 Marzo 2022
Presentato
22 Dicembre 2021
Lingua
IT
ISBN (PRINT)
978-88-6969-633-6
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-632-9

Keywords: TóibínClytemnestraOrestesOresteiaAtreidaeHouse of NamesAeschylusIphigenia

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