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Eugène Ionesco en ses réécritures : Le travail de la répétition

Abstract : After having created The Bald Soprano in 1949, Ionesco soon appears as a force of renewal in French theater. While he progressively moved away from his aggressively avant-gardist stance, he never stopped to use his dramaturgy as an object of exploration, from the introduction of dreams on the stage to the temptation of dramatic autobiography. This dynamics of artistic quest has always been coexistent with an ontological immutability often reasserted by the author himself. His plays bear the imprints of a resifting that constantly if implicitly shapes him, and which feeds on obsessions such as anxiety about death, consternation at human violence, the pain provoked by his inability to resuscitate the light of childhood. Ionesco found in the process of rewriting a creative way to embrace and go beyond his contradictions. From The Bald Soprano – a self-adaptation of a first Romanian version – to his last plays – based on an autofictional story and dream narratives, and including the transmodalisation of short stories and the adaptation of two foreign masterpieces, Journal of a Plague Year by Daniel Defoe and Macbeth by Shakespeare, Ionesco rewrites others and himself. Thus textual repetition, which embraces the double motion of reflexive pause and of conquering impulsion, gave him a precious tool to think and rethink his dramaturgy. Our work diachronically studies the paradoxes and prowesses of his literary work in light of this writing practice. We sought to demonstrate the decisive influence that the process of rewriting had on the evolution of Ionesco’s dramaturgy. The study of his manuscripts has been a major tool for understanding the repetition at work in his rewriting.
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Audrey Lemesle. Eugène Ionesco en ses réécritures : Le travail de la répétition. Littératures. Université Sorbonne Paris Cité, 2016. Français. ⟨NNT : 2016USPCA064⟩. ⟨tel-02426172v2⟩



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