Alcesti risorta tra Shakespeare ed Eliot
| COMUNICAZIONI SOCIALI - 2004 - 3. Sacrifici al femminile. Alcesti in scena da Euripide a Raboni
The finale of Alcestis by Euripides offers a dense web in which all the ironic elements, tensions and conflicts of the tragedy are concentrated. This is the aspect that has rendered – and still renders – any attempt by modern interpreters to situate this finale within a univocal hermeneutic pattern highly problematic. However, the enigma of Alcestis’ silence also struck the authors of two celebrated rewritings of the Euripidean tragedy, Shakespeare in The Winter’s Tale and T.S. Eliot in Cocktail Party: in both cases it is precisely the author’s own personal reading of Alcestis’ silence that provides an emblematic clarification of the new semantic configuration by which the ancient myth is enriched. Both in Shakespeare and Eliot, the ‘resurrection’ of Alcestis undergoes the transition to an explicit or implicit christological assimilation, which unveiled in the eminently didactic intention of their works.