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2020-05-08 - Vulgarisation/Presse écrite - Français - 19 page(s)

Papayannopoulou Evi Evdokia, "La fiction de Cythère : enchantement et désillusion"

  • Codes CREF : Histoire culturelle (DI5140), Enseignement des sciences humaines (DI0135)
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(Anglais) Evi Evdokia Papayannopoulou explores the fiction of Kythera through the ages. Name of a greek island facing the southern coast of Peloponnese that became a literary topos, Cythera gave birth to religious beliefs, paradisiacal utopias and libertine dreams. Every field of artistic and literary creation has been impacted by the vision of a locus amoenus conducive for lovers. This theme, inherited from Greek and Roman mythological traditions, will be honored in the Renaissance and especially in the eighteenth century. It will be used as coded language for invitation to an amorous pilgrimage. This allegory will be glorified through theater, novels, poems and musical compositions as well as paintings. Frame of a utopia of Edenic libertine loves, of the Age of Enlightenment but also of moralizing counter-utopias during the French Grand Siècle, the legendary world of Cythera will give rise to disenchantment in the nineteenth century. The island will be described as a desolation place where the dream turns into to nightmare of a lost paradise, full of antique ruins attested by well-known, real or fictional, travelers.