Ariel Dorfman’s explosively provocative, award-winning drama is set in a country that has only recently returned to democracy. Gerardo Escobar has just been. Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden. David Schroeder. Dalhousie University. Follow this and additional works at: In his article, “Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden,” David Schroeder suggests that the selection of the play’s title Death and the Maiden () by.

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Deahh stranger named Dr. But what my compatriots did not want for themselves was celebrated by the world. But one does not create such a transgressive play in a country still reeling from many years of pain without suffering the consequences oneself. A workshop production was staged and opened in Santiago, Chileon 10 March Royal Court Theatre London. I’m thrilled that Death eeath the Maiden has not aged over these 20 years, that it still ddath people to tears, confronts them with a tragedy that has no clear solution, that it speaks to our world today with the same passion it embodied yesterday.

Authors David SchroederDalhousie University. Order by newest oldest recommendations. Paulina Salas is a former political prisoner in an unnamed Latin American country who had been raped by her captors, led by a sadistic doctor whose face she never saw. Twenty years ago, when Death and the Maidenthe play that tells this story, opened in London at the Royal Court Upstairsthe country where that woman, Paulina, awaited a constantly delayed justice, was my ajd Chile or the Argentina where I was born.

An opera based on the play has been composed by Jonas Forssell with the libretto by Ariel Dorfman.

Death and the Maiden (play) – Wikipedia

David SchroederDalhousie University. The dictatorship that plagued her land has just fallen, and everything is uncertain. Thrilled, yes, but it is also sobering to realise that humanity has not managed to learn from the past, that torture has not been abolished, that justice is so rarely served, that censorship prevails, that the hopes of a democratic revolution can be gutted and distorted and warped.


So many societies that back sorfman were being torn by the question of what you do with the dezth of the past, how to live dorf,an by side with your enemies, how to judge those who had abused power without destroying the fabric of a reconciliation necessary to move forward. During the night and the day that follows she will have to confront that fear, she will bring to justice in her living room the doctor she believes is responsible for having tortured and raped her years dprfman. The woman is full of fear, gripped by a secret terror that she only shares with the man she loves.

For other uses, see Death and the Maiden disambiguation. Paulina deah the entire confession and has Roberto write it out and sign it. When Gerardo comes back from a visit to the president, he gets a flat tire. Skip to main content. The rapist doctor played Schubert ‘s String Quartet No.

“Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden” by David Schroeder

Comparative Literature and Culture 9. Paulina recognizes Miranda’s voice and mannerism as that of her rapist, and takes him captive in order to put him on trial and extract a confession from him. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Views Read Edit View history. Retrieved from ” https: After hearing the full story of her captivity from Paulina, Gerardo dorfmsn a confession with Roberto to th Paulina’s madness and set her free from her past.

I can’t help but ask if 20 years from edath I will be writing this phrase all over again: Throughout the play it is uncertain whether details are evidence of Roberto’s guilt or Paulina’s paranoia.


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Dorfman, Schubert, and Death and the Maiden. The time is the present and the place, a country that is probably Chile but could be any country that veath given itself a democratic government just after a long period of dictatorship. My goals were far more modest. The dictator was no longer in power, but his influence, his disciples, his corrupting shadow invaded every aspect of political life.

Years later, after the also unnamed repressive regime has fallen, Paulina lives in an isolated country house with her husband, Gerardo Escobar. A woman awaits the return of her husband as the sun goes down. The elite of Chile hated what I had done, reviled it.

At the end of the play it is unclear who is innocent. Miranda’s similarities with Schubert’s Death.

Death and the Maiden

Unconvinced of his guilt, Gerardo acts as Roberto Miranda’s lawyer and attempts to save his life. I t happened yesterday but it could well be today. Recommended Citation Schroeder, David. Schroeder argues that Schubert was much more a political creature than has been widely recognized and that Dorfman seems to have sensed intuitively Schubert’s political nature.

I’m thrilled that the relations between men and women that I explored, the intricacies of memory and madness, the aftermath of violence, the uncertainty of truth and narrative, continue to capture the imagination of so many.

The Australian premiere production of Death and the Maiden took place on 16 December Miranda drives Gerardo home and later in the night he returns.