Theories of the Avant-garde Theatre

Theories of the Avant-garde Theatre : A Casebook from Kleist to Camus

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In addition to producing lasting works of drama, some of avant-garde theatre's most creative practitioners-directors, playwrights, performers, and designers-also offered profound insights into their art. Their writings, spanning most of the twentieth century and reaching back into the nineteenth, have been gathered together in this uniquely wide-ranging selection. In Theories of the Avant-Garde Theatre: A Casebook from Kleist to Camus, commentary by such seminal figures as Antonin Artaud, Andre Breton, Alfred Jarry, Luigi Pirandello, August Strindberg, and others are featured here. Their writings illuminate a desire to wrench dramatic art out of all of its old habits and create a new, distinctive, and freestanding theatrical vocabulary. This collection provides direct access to the thinking behind some of the most stimulating performance and playwriting the modernists had to offer, as well as guidelines to the contemporary theatre's current, most adventurous developments.Setting theory beside practice, this collection brings alive a number of vital and continuing concerns, and provides enlightening perspectives on the theatrical history of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Theories of the Avant-Garde Theatre is not only an essential and versatile handbook for students at all levels but also offers a feast of ideas for anyone interested or engaged in theatre. Representing the twentieth century's radical shift in the aesthetics of theatre and drama, these essays provide a valuable contribution to the literature of the avant-garde and should be of great interest to scholars and theatre lovers more

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  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 25.4mm | 566.99g
  • Scarecrow Press
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0810887045
  • 9780810887046
  • 2,121,808

About Bert Cardullo

Bert Cardullo is professor of media and communication at the Izmir University of Economics in Turkey. He is the author, editor, or translator of a number of books on drama and film, among them An Idea of the Drama: Six Modern Playwrights in One Movement and World Directors in Dialogue: Conversations on more

Table of contents

Preface Prologue: "The Idea of the Avant-Garde," by Bert Cardullo Chapter 1: "On the Marionette Theatre" (1810), by Heinrich von Kleist Chapter 2: "The Tragic in Daily Life" (1894), by Maurice Maeterlinck Chapter 3: "On the Futility of the 'Theatrical' in the Theatre" (1896), by Alfred Jarry Chapter 4: "Prefatory Note to A Dream Play" (1901), by August Strindberg Chapter 5: "The Stylized Theatre" (1907), by Vsevolod Meyerhold Chapter 6: "Realism and Convention on the Stage" (1908), by Valery Briusov Chapter 7: "The Founding and Manifesto of Futurism" (1909), by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti Chapter 8: "Epilogue to the Actor" (1913), by Paul Kornfeld Chapter 9: "A Few Words about the Role of the Actor in the Theatre of Pure Form" (1919), by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz Chapter 10: "On Humor" (1920), by Luigi Pirandello Chapter 11: "Lecture on Dada" (1922), by Tristan Tzara Chapter 12: "Surrealism" (1922), by Andre Breton Chapter 13: "The Dehumanization of Art" (1925), by Jose Ortega y Gasset Chapter 14: "Postwar German Drama" (1928), by Ernst Toller Chapter 15: "New Stage Forms" (1928), by Oskar Schlemmer Chapter 16: "The Oberiu Theatre" (1928), by Daniil Kharms Chapter 17: "The Theatre of Cruelty" (1932), by Antonin Artaud Chapter 18: "The Myth of Sisyphus" (1942), by Albert Camus Epilogue: "There Is No Avant-Garde Theatre" (1962), by Eugene Ionesco Bibliography Chronology of the European Avant-Garde, 1890-1950show more

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This volume will be most useful in the hands of theater scholars interested in theater history in general or the avant-garde movement in particular. American Reference Books Annualshow more