Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950

Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950

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An essential volume for theater artists and students alike, this anthology includes the full texts of sixteen important examples of avant-garde drama from the most daring and influential artistic movements of the first half of the twentieth century, including Symbolism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism. Each play is accompanied by a bio-critical introduction by the editor, and a critical essay, frequently written by the playwright, which elaborates on the playa€™s dramatic and aesthetic concerns. A new introduction by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten contextualizes the plays in light of recent critical developments in avant-garde studies. By examining the groundbreaking theatrical experiments of Jarry, Maeterlinck, Strindberg, Artaud, and others, the book foregrounds the avant-gardea€™s enduring influence on the development of modern theater.It seemed to me a highly insistent sentencea€”a sentence, I might say, which knocked at the window. ... Unfortunately I still cannot remember the exact words to this day, but it was something like: a#39;A man is cut in half by the windowa#39;; but it cananbsp;...

Title:Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950
Author:Robert Knopf
Publisher:Yale University Press - 2015-02-26


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