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Robert Pirro

In times of political or social crisis, issues of identity and affiliation

tend to become more salient. In response to the threatened or actual

disruption of the routines of material provision, social order, and

ideological legitimation, definitions of self and community that had

formerly been considered authoritative come under more frequent

and more extensive questioning. Responses to this condition of

uncertainty and doubt about identity and affiliation are typically

forthcoming from many different quarters: party politicians, leaders

of social movements, public intellectuals, religious authorities. Such

responses can also be quite varied as was the case, for example, in

the aftermath of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Only months after the

event and with major questions about the future of the two Germanies

in the air, Jürgen Habermas surveyed the various possible sources of German identity that were on offer at that time—economic prestige

(“DM nationalism”), cultural inheritance, linguistic unity, ethnic

descent, historical fate, aesthetic experience, and constitutional patriotism—

and found all but the last seriously wanting.3 In any given

episode of crisis and questioning, most responses will ultimately

have little or no effect; the eventual reestablishment of the routines

of provision, order, and legitimation usually means that one or

another set of definitions of self and community has won out and

become authoritative for a critical mass of citizens.

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Katherine Hennessey and Margaret Litvin

and the resulting wave of Arab refugees into surrounding countries and Europe have lent a sudden, urgent power to once dusty or over-the-top violent classic texts, from Homer and Greek tragedy to Shakespeare. 5 Arab theatre artists seeking to

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Jan Ifversen

of emergency) and Terror/Terrorismus . But catastrophe is certainly a basic concept in history. We find it in religious and mythical discourse as the absolute disaster of the apocalypse. It designated the prime dramatic feature of the Greek tragedy

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Hiroaki Seki

committed writer. Tracing the evolution of this multifaceted figure in Sartre’s thought allows us to better evaluate Sartre’s secret passion for Cassandra. Keywords: Cassandra, veil, culture of war, Greek tragedy, romanticism, pessimism, Les Troyennes

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Bilal Tawfiq Hamamra

Women: Patriarchy and Resistance in the West Bank (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2001), 8. 3 Kitty Warnock, Land before Honour (London: MacMillan Education Ltd, 1990), 23. 4 Robert Garland, Surviving Greek Tragedy (London: Duckworth, 2004

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Shakespeare in Sarajevo

Theatrical and Cinematic Encounters with the Balkans War

Sara Soncini

effectively, rather than with how to connect to a Bosnian audience. His exacting laboratory approach to theatre-making leaves him open to charges of self-indulgent intellectualism. In a heated discussion, Leo’s spirited Antigone argues that a Greek tragedy

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A Timeless Measure of Who We Are?

Elena Isayev

also to address the pressure points surrounding the duties of the state and its members. This is particularly evident in the Greek tragedies of Euripides’ Children of Heracles and Aeschylus’s The Suppliant Women , which also confront the conflict