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date: 22 September 2019

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Latin American twenty-first-century Antigone-plays seem to follow a new pattern that distinguishes them from the long history of regional re-writings of the tragedy: they feature scenic strategies of repetitions and multiplications, whether of the Antigone character or of specific lines or scenes. I look at two Colombian plays that follow this trend: Carlos Satizábal’s Antígona y actriz (2005) and Patricia Ariza’s Antígona (2006). I argue that in both plays theatrical repetition displaces the centrality of the classic opposition between Antigone and Creon, and highlights instead the act of storytelling itself as a problematic site of representation. Both plays honor the struggle that real-life peasant women affected by the country’s six-decade-long armed conflict have to lead to tell their story to an urban audience. In the Colombian context, these Antigones speak to the translation of rural experience into urban experience.

Keywords: Colombia, Antigone, Patricia Ariza, Carlos Satizábal, armed conflict, storytelling

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