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Yale Drama's
Honors Gombrowicz


One of the most important fruits of the "Gombrowicz Autum" is the recent publication of the winter 2004 edition of Theater, a periodical of the Yale School of Drama and Yale Repertory Theatre (Volume 34, Number 3). The issue is devoted primarily to "Witold Gombrowicz's Century". It presents several scholarly essays, numerous photographs, a theatrical adaptation of a short story by Gombrowicz, excerpts from his Polish Memories, and much more. The issue, prepared in an intitiative paralleling the October International Gombrowicz Conference at Yale, does not duplicate the Conference papers. It was produced in cooperation with Yale's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Polish Cultural Institute.

In an introductory piece, the editor of Theater, Tom Sellar, writes: "The standard American repertory has so many blind spots when it comes to other national literary traditions that it's easy to stop noticing them, let alone challenge or counter them. But at a moment in history when the United States stands in unprecedented political and cultural isolation, any project expanding cultural boundaries has an added vitality. [...] The next century of American theater artists would do well to build on Gombrowicz's contention that, in a tormenting world where everyone is lying, to contradict, even on little things, is the supreme necessity of art today ".

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