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Friday, 07 January

178. Subversiveness and the Carnivalesque in Romanian and European Theater

8:30–9:45 a.m., 309, LA Convention Center

Program arranged by the Discussion Group on Romanian Studies

Presiding: Rodica C. Ieta, State Univ. of New York, Oswego

Speakers: Rodica C. Ieta; Anca Munteanu, LeMoyne Coll.; Ioana Sion, Univ. of Toronto; Jeanine Teodorescu, Lexington Coll.; Adriana Varga, Bloomington, Indiana

The session will trace different time periods in the evolution of European dramatic literature, with the aim of demonstrating that modern theater only rediscovered the absurdist language, comical devices, and techniques of distanciation and foregrounding in use since the Renaissance. A thesis will be proposed for the audience’s reflection: What does it take for tragedy to become absurdism?

For abstracts, write to rodica.ieta@gmail.com after 1 Dec.

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