Tvivel - replikernas poetik

Research output: ThesisDoctoral Thesis (artistic)


A departing assumption in my work is the idea about a particular kind of conflict inherent in the theatrical line, produced by its situatedness in the specific relational doubt created in the speaking, performing voice and body, a space articulated already in the written line, as writing intended to be spoken. To the inherent self-contradiction in such utterances are added the layers of conscious and unconscious intent, discrepancies and dissonances emerging in relation to those who witness the act of speaking. The theatrical line thus entails a very particular kind of poetic possibility, that of the self listening to the premises for its own existence: attempting, questioning, reverting, resisting, and repositioning herself in doing so; the mythical is operating on the level of the line. My exploration of these specific aspects of the dramatic line unfolds in three parts: »Voices«, »The Negotiations of Antigone« and »Prescripts«, each applying different literary modes and methods to the exploration. These parts nevertheless all use and constitute the repetitions and variations to be experienced, which are essential to the specific subject – lines written to be spoken by actors. Voice, situation, difference, myth, non-presence, polyphony, identity and time are investigated and set into action in the first part »Voices«, thinking with, among others Gertrude Stein, Walter Benjamin and Nathalie Sarraute. In »The Negotiations of Antigone« I use Sophocles drama as well as different readings and interpretations of the actions and lines of Antigone as a prism through which to further explore and complicate the notion of doubt and reflection inherent in a dramatic conflict. »prescripts«, finally, in dialogue with Inger Christensen’s Det (1969) probes the spatial and relational frameworks suggested by the theatrical concepts the stage, the action and the text in 533 subsequent lines for us who listen and observe, for her who acts and speaks; entangled in constitutive transformations.


  • Christina Ouzounidis
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Performing Arts


  • prescripts, Antigone, voices, doubting, poetics, situation, polyphony, myth, text, drama, theatrical line, Gertrude Stein, Simone de Beauvoir, Walter Benjamin, Nathalie Sarraute
Original languageSwedish
Awarding Institution
Supervisors/Assistant supervisor
  • Ylva Gislén, Supervisor
Award date2016 Apr 22
  • Glänta produktion
Print ISBNs978-91-86133-79-5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Defence details Date: 2016-04-22 Time: 13:00 Place: Malmö Theatre Academy External reviewer(s) Name: Nilsson, Ulf Karl Olov Title: [unknown] Affiliation: Poet ---