Michel de Ghelderode (4119 words)

  • Piet Defraeye (University of Alberta)

Michel de Ghelderode (1898-1962) is a Belgium-born playwright, prose writer, and poet. Influenced and inspired by expressionism, surrealism, and constructivism, his work is now quite dated – though it still elicits occasional attention from theatre makers. De Ghelderode is best known for his plays, which often focus on motifs of religion and death. His work is almost invariably situated in the past, or another time and place than the here and now. This creates a unique universe, quite undefined, though there are clear references to Flanders throughout his writing. What emerges is a dark view of society and of mankind, in which one is doomed to live one’s inescapable fate. It is a world of opportunists, liars, and corrupt rulers, in w…

Defraeye, Piet. "Michel de Ghelderode". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 14 August 2012
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