CLARE BOOTH LUCE`S SLAM THE DOOR SOFTLY—REWRITING AS AN INTERTEXT

Sümeyra Buran Utku

Abstract


Julia Kristeva states that intertextuality is a mosaic of references; and every text is an absorbed and transformed version of other texts (1971, 85). Clare Booth Luce’s Slam the Door Softly first appeared in Life magazine under the name of A Doll’s House in 1970 later took its original name. The play is a kind of modern retelling of Henrik Ibsen’s famous play A Doll’s House, published in 1879 and Slam the Door Softly shows the feminist vision of 1970s. Luce wants to demonstrate what happens if Ibsen`s traditional Nora becomes a modern Nora. In this rewriting text, we see many references to the text of Ibsen, even the names of female protagonist are the same. Slam the Door Softly is a story of a woman struggling to be free without being bound up a husband. The other intertextual relationship and reference is to Simone de Beauvoir’s Second Sex. In this respect, Luce by rewriting the play of Ibsen`s A Doll`s House, shows us that neither Nora in the nineteenth century nor in the twentieth century can be free as men and fulfill their selves without paying something. Therefore, the aim of this study is to demonstrate how rewriting retells the position of women as a modern time.

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