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Rituals of Signs and Transformations. Beirut 2013. Photo by Alexy Frangieh
Volume 2

Staging the Self: Autobiography in the Theatre of Sa’dallah Wannous

Staging the Self:
Autobiography in
the Theatre of Sa'dallah Wannous
by Ali Souleman
 Arab StagesVolume 1, Number 2 (Spring 2015)
 ©2015 by Martin E. Segal Theatre Center Publications

The author acknowledges with gratitude the support from the Scholar Rescue Fund of the International Institute of Education, the support from the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) and the support from St. John’s College at the University of Oxford which enable him to pursue this research.

The tendency to release the self from restricting ideological frameworks in the plays of the later phase of the Syrian playwright Sa’dallah Wannous’ career  led to the emergence in his work of the private space of the individual and to the appearance of recognizable autobiographical elements. Representing the self in these plays is an element of a new dramaturgy, which is based on a major theme common to these works:  the tension between the individual/private space and the collective space.

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