Author(s): Emine ULU ASLAN

Paradoxical expression, one of the most powerful weapons of intertextuality under the influence of postmodernism, becomes popular in post-eighties theater works. In these parodical texts, to hear the voices of various discourses can be possible with different reading techniques. The play "Pinocchio in King Ubu's Country" written by Zehra ?p?iro?lu in 2003 is an example of the mentioned plays. This play, which makes several references to the famous play of Alfred Jarry, King Ubu (1896), matches its dystopic country with the adult world of our time. ?p?iro?lu, who criticizes the unchanging fates of fairy tales through this play, points out human and childlike emotions and at the same time displays a black humor example. In this play, Jarry's King Ubu figure is presented as a proof of the fact that power and money greed turn a person into a ruthless beast; and many fairytale heroes we have previously met is also reconstructed in accordance with the messages to be given. This study aims to explain the elements that support the parodical narration in the given play, and to show to what kind of discourses such a technique serves.


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