How the Cold War Context Created New Perspectives: Film and Literature

During the Cold War period, new and heterogeneous ideas and perspectives arose in response to the perplexing, unprecedented dangers and concerns, shaping artists’ understanding of the zeitgeist. Theses competing perspectives found in texts offer differing interpretations of the issues, fears, philosophical notions and ideologies and reveal a holistic view of the time period. In this … Read moreHow the Cold War Context Created New Perspectives: Film and Literature

Accidental Death of an Anarchist as a Play of Social and Political Comment

Dario Fo, author of Accidental Death of an Anarchist, won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1997 and the Swedish Academy while awarding him the prize noted that Fo’s “works are open for creative additions, dislocations, continually encouraging actors to improvise”. Fo has always wanted his plays to be improvised and adapted in keeping with … Read moreAccidental Death of an Anarchist as a Play of Social and Political Comment

Comedy, Abnormality, Irony: Methodologies Used in Accidental Death of an Anarchist

The anarchist is dead – this is perhaps the only ‘fact’ the text subscribes to throughout; everything else in the (performative) text is presented in a vaudevillesque fashion by bringing in a bizarre combination of different genres and techniques which induce instability and ambiguity. As the tragic flows into the comic while satire and irony … Read moreComedy, Abnormality, Irony: Methodologies Used in Accidental Death of an Anarchist