Two interpretations – two continents: a reading of Algirdas Landsbergis’s play Five Posts in a Market Place
Journal of Baltic Studies
In his drama, Five Posts in a Market Place, Lithuanian émigré playwright Algirdas Landsbergis applies the philosophy of existentialism to depict the trauma of war as a universal experience. It was initially written in Lithuanian (1957) for an audience of postwar displaced persons in the North American Lithuanian diaspora. In 1959, Landsbergis rewrote the play in English, and it was staged in New York in 1961. Drawing on the theoretical work of trauma theorist, Cathy Caruth, this article considers how the playwright’s experiences of war and postwar trauma render the play a trauma narrative, while also avoiding direct autobiographical references by adhering to the philosophy of existentialism.
Laima Vince Sruoginis (2021) Two interpretations – two continents: a reading of Algirdas Landsbergis’s play Five Posts in a Market Place, Journal of Baltic Studies, DOI: 10.1080/01629778.2021.1989471