An Idea of the Drama: Six Modern Playwrights in One Movement. Essays in Revisionism Bert Cardullo

ISBN: 9783631613795

Published: December 23rd 2010

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240 pages


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An Idea of the Drama: Six Modern Playwrights in One Movement. Essays in Revisionism  by  Bert Cardullo

An Idea of the Drama: Six Modern Playwrights in One Movement. Essays in Revisionism by Bert Cardullo
December 23rd 2010 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9783631613795 | 4.23 Mb

This is a collection of ten long essays arranged around the primordial subject of realism and non-realism, or anti-realism, in the drama, as this subject manifests itself in modern Europe and contemporary America from Ibsen and Shaw to theMoreThis is a collection of ten long essays arranged around the primordial subject of realism and non-realism, or anti-realism, in the drama, as this subject manifests itself in modern Europe and contemporary America from Ibsen and Shaw to the symbolists, expressionists, surrealists, dadaists, futurists, and absurdists.

This book treats not only the issue of realism versus anti-realism in theater from a practical as well as a theoretical point of view. It also treats at least two subjects related to this issue: the superficial or bourgeois realism that has long crippled the theater versus the critical and sometimes poetic realism that liberates it- and the avant-garde, the rearguard, and the middle-to-advanced artistic ground in between claimed by Bertolt Brecht and Harold Pinter.

Special attention is paid, moreover, to the first thoroughgoing American avant-garde dramatist, Gertrude Stein. In sum, this book treats the subject of realism and non-realism from the point of view of the theaters ability to create not only the illusion of reality onstage, but also the reality of illusion.



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