History of European Drama and Theatre

History of European Drama and Theatre

Erika Fischer-Lichte's topics include: * ancient Greek theatre * Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre by Corneilli, Racine, Molière * the Italian commedia dell'arte and its transformations into eighteenth-century drama * the German ...

Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 0415180600

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 396

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This major study reconstructs the vast history of European drama from Greek tragedy through to twentieth-century theatre, focusing on the subject of identity. Throughout history, drama has performed and represented political, religious, national, ethnic, class-related, gendered, and individual concepts of identity. Erika Fischer-Lichte's topics include: * ancient Greek theatre * Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre by Corneilli, Racine, Molière * the Italian commedia dell'arte and its transformations into eighteenth-century drama * the German Enlightenment - Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, and Lenz * romanticism by Kleist, Byron, Shelley, Hugo, de Vigny, Musset, Büchner, and Nestroy * the turn of the century - Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski * the twentieth century - Craig, Meyerhold, Artaud, O'Neill, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Müller. Anyone interested in theatre throughout history and today will find this an invaluable source of information.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Century of Innovation

Century of Innovation

'Century of Innovation', now subtitled 'A History of European and American Theater and Drama Since the Late Nineteenth Century, ' is also inevitably a product of its time- a 'reading' of theatrical history in chiefly the twentieth century ...

Author: Oscar Gross Brockett

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: UOM:39015025258701

Category: Drama

Page: 520

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Categories: Drama

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History

A wide-ranging set of essays that explain what theatre history is and why we need to engage with it.

Author: David Wiles

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521766364

Category: Drama

Page: 318

View: 753

A wide-ranging set of essays that explain what theatre history is and why we need to engage with it.
Categories: Drama

Century of Innovation

Century of Innovation

Author: Oscar Gross Brockett

Publisher:

ISBN: 0131227475

Category: Drama

Page: 826

View: 950

Categories: Drama

Theatre of the Book 1480 1880

Theatre of the Book  1480 1880

Theatre of the Book is an account of the entangled histories of print and the theatre in Europe between the Renaissance and the late nineteenth century: a history of European dramatic publication (providing comparative and historical ...

Author: Julie Stone Peters

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 0198187149

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 494

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Theatre of the Book is an account of the entangled histories of print and the theatre in Europe between the Renaissance and the late nineteenth century: a history of European dramatic publication (providing comparative and historical perspective to the growing field of textual studies); anexamination of the creation of the modern notion of text and performance; and a comparative genealogy of ideas about theatrical and textual reception. It shows that, far from being marginal to Renaissance dramatists, the printing press had an essential role to play in the birth of the moderntheatre, crucially shaping the normative conception of 'theatre' as a distinct aesthetic medium and of drama as a distinct narrative form, helping to forge a theatricalist aesthetics in opposition to 'the book'. Treating playtexts, engravings, actor portraits, notation systems, and theatricalephemera at once as material objects and expressions of complex cultural formations, Theatre of the Book examines the European theatre's continual refashioning of itself in the world of print.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Tragedy s Endurance

Tragedy s Endurance

This volume explores performances of Greek tragedies in Germany since 1800 as responses to particular political, social, and cultural milestones, shedding light on how, in a constantly changing political and cultural climate, they ...

Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199651634

Category: Drama

Page: 480

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This volume sets out a novel approach to theatre historiography, presenting the history of performances of Greek tragedies in Germany since 1800 as the history of the evolving cultural identity of the educated middle class throughout that period. Philhellenism and theatromania took hold in this milieu amidst attempts to banish the heavily French-influenced German court culture of the mid-eighteenth century, and by 1800 performances of Greek tragedies had effectively become the German answer to the French Revolution. Tragedy's subsequent endurance on the German stage is mapped here through the responses of performances to particular political, social, and cultural milestones, from the Napoleonic Wars and the Revolution of 1848 to the Third Reich, the new political movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification. Images of ancient Greece which were prevalent in the productions of these different eras are examined closely: the Nazi's proclamation of a racial kinship between the Greeks and the Germans; the politicization of performances of Greek tragedies since the 1960s and 1970s, emblematized by Marcuse's notion of a cultural revolution; the protest choruses of the GDR and the subsequent new genre of choric theatre in unified Germany. By examining these images and performances in relation to their respective socio-cultural contexts, the volume sheds light on how, in a constantly changing political and cultural climate, performances of Greek tragedies helped affirm, destabilize, re-stabilize, and transform the cultural identity of the educated middle class over a volatile two hundred year period.
Categories: Drama

Ecology and Environment in European Drama

Ecology and Environment in European Drama

Looking at European drama through an ecological lens, this book chronicles nature and the environment as primary topics in major plays from ancient to recent times.

Author: Downing Cless

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136972058

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 244

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Looking at European drama through an ecological lens, this book chronicles nature and the environment as primary topics in major plays from ancient to recent times. Cless focuses on the few, yet well-known plays in which nature is at stake in the action or the environment is a dramatic force. Though theater predominantly explores human and cultural themes, these plays fully display the power of the other-than-human world and its endangerment during the history of Europe. While offering a broad overview, the book features extensive case studies of several playwrights, plays, and eco-theater productions: Aristophanes’ The Birds, Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Tempest, and Giraudoux’s The Madwoman of Chaillot. In each case, Cless connects nature in the play to nature in the life of the playwright based on biographical research into the understanding of natural philosophy and awareness of the immediate environment that influenced the specific play. The book is one of the first of its kind in a growing field of ecocriticism and emerging eco-studies of theater.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories

Alan Filewod is professor of drama in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph in Ontario ... among them The Semiotics of Theatre, The Show and the Gaze of Theatre, and History of European Drama and Theatre.

Author: S.E. Wilmer

Publisher: University of Iowa Press

ISBN: 9781587295218

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 294

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Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship, and sociopolitical contexts influence all histories; and theatre histories, too, are often revised to reflect changing times and interests. This significant collection examines the problems and challenges of formulating national theatre histories.The essayists included here--leading theatre scholars from all over the world, many of whom wrote essays specifically for this volume--provide an international context for national theatre histories as well as studies of individual nations. They cover a wide geographical area: Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America. The essays contrast large countries (India, Indonesia) with small (Ireland), newly independent (Slovenia) with established (U.S.A.), developed (Canada) with developing (Mexico, South Africa), capitalist (U.S.A.) with formerly communist (Russia), monolingual (Sweden) with multilingual (Belgium, Canada), and countries with stable historical boundaries (Sweden) with those whose borders have shifted (Germany).The essays also explore such sociopolitical issues as the polarization of language groups, the importance of religion, the invisibility of ethnic minorities, the redrawing of geographical borders, changes in ideology, and the dismantling of colonial legacies. Finally, they examine such common problems of history writing as types of evidence, periodization, canonization, styles of narrative, and definitions of key terms.Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Histories will be of special interest to students and scholars of theatre, cultural studies, and historiography.
Categories: Performing Arts

History of the Theatre

History of the Theatre

As with every edition, the text reflects the current state of knowledge and brings the history of theatre up to the present. This tenth edition continues to provide the most thorough and accurate assessment of theatre history available.

Author: Oscar Gross Brockett

Publisher: Pearson College Division

ISBN: STANFORD:36105132190831

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 688

View: 778

Known as the "bible" of theatre history, Brockett and Hildy's History of the Theatre is the most comprehensive and widely used survey of theatre history in the market. This 40th Anniversary Edition retains all of the traditional features that have made History of the Theatre the most successful text of its kind, including worldwide coverage, more than 530 photos and illustrations, useful maps, and the expertise of Oscar G. Brockett and Franklin J. Hildy, two of the most widely respected theatre historians in the field. As with every edition, the text reflects the current state of knowledge and brings the history of theatre up to the present. This tenth edition continues to provide the most thorough and accurate assessment of theatre history available.
Categories: Performing Arts

A History of European Puppetry From its origins to the end of the 19th century

A History of European Puppetry  From its origins to the end of the 19th century

This comprehensive history of puppetry covers areas such as: origins; antiquity; fairground theatres; shadow theatre; puppets and the Revolution - Poland, Russia; romantic aesthetics; the age of folk and popular theatre; and Italian ...

Author: Henryk Jurkowski

Publisher:

ISBN: UCSC:32106016374115

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 427

View: 780

This comprehensive history of puppetry covers areas such as: origins; antiquity; fairground theatres; shadow theatre; puppets and the Revolution - Poland, Russia; romantic aesthetics; the age of folk and popular theatre; and Italian specificity.
Categories: Performing Arts

Europe Recast

Europe Recast

This work tells the story of European integration from its modern origins in the 1940s to the challenges of the 21st century.

Author: Desmond Dinan

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: 0333987349

Category: Europe

Page: 371

View: 735

This work tells the story of European integration from its modern origins in the 1940s to the challenges of the 21st century. A thematic introductory and concluding chapter draw out key issues and themes and provide the author's own distinctive interpretation.
Categories: Europe

Revenge Drama in European Renaissance and Japanese Theatre

Revenge Drama in European Renaissance and Japanese Theatre

Revenge Drama in European Renaissance and Japanese Theatre is a collection of essays that both explores the tradition of revenge drama in Japan and compares that tradition with that in European Renaissance drama.

Author: K. Wetmore

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230611283

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 289

View: 234

Revenge Drama in European Renaissance and Japanese Theatre is a collection of essays that both explores the tradition of revenge drama in Japan and compares that tradition with that in European Renaissance drama. Why are the two great plays of each tradition, plays regarded as defining their nations and eras, Kanadehon Chushingura and Hamlet, both revenge plays? What do the revenge dramas of Europe and Japan tell us about the periods that produced them and how have they been modernized to speak to contemporary audiences? By interrogating the manifestation of evil women, ghosts, satire, parody, and censorship, contributors such as Leonard Pronko, J. Thomas Rimer, Carol Sorgenfrei, Laurence Kominz explore these issues.
Categories: Literary Criticism

Drama in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

Drama in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

This book investigates the ranges of dramatic and performative techniques and strategies that playmakers across Europe used to adapt their work to the changing contexts in which they performed, and to the changing or expanding audiences ...

Author: Nadia Thérèse van Pelt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429514142

Category: History

Page: 144

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Drama in Medieval and Early Modern Europe moves away from the customary conceptual framework that artificially separates ‘medieval’ from ‘early modern’ drama to explore the role of drama and spectacle in England, France, the Low Countries, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and the German-speaking areas that now constitute Austria and Germany. This book investigates the ranges of dramatic and performative techniques and strategies that playmakers across Europe used to adapt their work to the changing contexts in which they performed, and to the changing or expanding audiences that they faced. It considers the different views expressed through drama and spectacle on shared historical events, how communities coped with similar issues and why they ritually recycled these themes through reinvented or alternative forms that replaced or existed alongside their predecessors. A wide variety of genres of play are discussed throughout, including visitatio sepulchri (visit to the tomb) plays; Easter and Passion plays and morality plays; the French civic mystère; Italian sacre rappresentazioni performed by choirboys in the context of the church; Bürgertheater from the Swiss Confederacy; drama performed for the purpose of royal entertainment and propaganda; May and summer games; and the commercial, professional theatre of Shakespeare and Lope de Vega. Examining the strength of drama in relation to the larger cultural forces to which it adapted, and demonstrating the use of social, political, economic, and artistic networks to educate and support the social structures of communities, Drama in Medieval and Early Modern Europe offers a broader understanding of a shared European past across the traditional chronological divide of 1500. It is ideal for students of social history, and the history of medieval and early modern drama or literature.
Categories: History

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre

This new paperback edition of the The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe covers theatre since World War II in forty-seven European nations, including the nations which re-emerged following the break-up of the former USSR, ...

Author: Peter Nagy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136402890

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 1072

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This new paperback edition of the The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe covers theatre since World War II in forty-seven European nations, including the nations which re-emerged following the break-up of the former USSR, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. Each national article is divided into twelve sections - History, Structure of the National Theatre Community, Artistic profile, Music Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Puppet Theatre, Design, Theatre, Space and Architecture, Training, Criticism, Scholarship and Publishing and Further Reading - allowing the reader to use the book as a source for both area and subject studies. A new preface and further reading sections by the Series Editor brings the Encyclopedia bang up-to-date making it invaluable to anyone interested in European theatre, as well as students and scholars of performance studies, history, anthropology and cultural studies.
Categories: Performing Arts

Cultural Policy Review of Books

Cultural Policy Review of Books

History. of. European. drama. and. theatre. Hans van Maanen Arts Culture & Media Studies, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands History of European drama and theatre, by Erika Fischer-Lichte/translated by J. Riley, London, ...

Author: Oliver Bennett

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317978022

Category: Social Science

Page: 118

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Cultures are shaped by many institutions and agencies, including governments, corporations, education and the media. In recent years, research into these culture-shaping activities has been increasingly associated with the developing field of cultural policy studies. The Cultural Policy Review of Books offers a fascinating insight into the intellectual formation of many of the leading figures that have contributed to this field. Invited to write a short review essay on the book that had most influenced their thinking, 41 academics and researchers from around the world reveal what they consider to be essential reading. Including essays on Bourdieu, de Certeau, Foucault, Gramsci, Habermas, and Williams, as well as many lesser known writers, the collection throws new light on the intellectual underpinning of cultural policy studies. It will be of interest not only to researchers, students and teachers in this field, but to all those looking to understand the forces that shape the culture of modern societies.
Categories: Social Science

The History of Theater in Iran

The History of Theater in Iran

Although most people do not speak of theatre and Iran in the same breath, dramatic expression has always been a fixture of Iranian culture.

Author: Willem M. Floor

Publisher: Mage Pub

ISBN: STANFORD:36105114223360

Category: Drama

Page: 340

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Although most people do not speak of theatre and Iran in the same breath, dramatic expression has always been a fixture of Iranian culture. In traditional Iranian theatre, there was no real difference between high and low culture, although artists attached to the royal court and sponsored by the rich tended to be more competent than those who performed for the public at large. With the exception of religious and narrative drama, written texts were seldom used. The artists whether comedian, mime, puppeteer, elegist or storyteller performed both in public and private spaces. The arrival of European theatre, with its reliance on a written text and normative rather than improvisatory acting, was part of the modernisation process in Iran. European theatre was introduced to the country in 1878, enjoyed a hey-day in the early years of the twentieth century, and has experienced many ups-and-downs since then. Today, it once again enjoys great popularity. At the same time, traditional theatre is being rediscovered, and playwrights are using some of its forms to develop indigenous modern Iranian theatre-- a melding of the deep past and dynamic present.
Categories: Drama

Silenced Voices

Silenced Voices

Margot Berthold's massive A History of World Theater ( 1972 ) roams around the world and through time yet never mentions any theatre in Central Europe . Glynne Wiskham , A History of the Theatre ( 1985 ) mentions Hungary as a ...

Author: Csilla Bertha

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 1904505341

Category: Drama

Page: 282

View: 983

"This book is a timely reminder of how theatre can not just entertain, but enlighten and transform us too. The five plays it collects are wonderfully theatrical, moving fluidly from absurdism to tragedy, and from satire to the darkly comic. The translators give us versions that will stimulate and delight readers. performers and audiences. And by giving voice to the 'forgotten playwrights of Central Europe', they also deeply enrich our understanding of the relationship between art, ethics and politics in Europe - both in the past and the present."--BOOK JACKET.
Categories: Drama

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment

History of European Drama and Theatre , translated by J. Riley . London : Routledge . Folger Ms. M.A. 125, n.d., Folger Shakespeare Library , Washington , DC . Folger Ms. W.a. 12 , Nightly Receipts of Edward Warren in Order of Amount .

Author: Mechele Leon

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350135444

Category: History

Page: 288

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French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote, 'the general effect of the theatre is to strengthen the national character to augment the national inclinations, and to give a new energy to all the passions'. During the Enlightenment, the advancement of radical ideas along with the emergence of the bourgeois class contributed to a renewed interest in theatre's efficacy, informed by philosophy yet on behalf of politics. While the 18th century saw a growing desire to define the unique and specific features of a nation's drama, and audiences demanded more realistic portrayals of humanity, theatre is also implicated in this age of revolutions. A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Enlightenment examines these intersections, informed by the writings of key 18th-century philosophers. Richly illustrated with 45 images, the ten chapters each take a different theme as their focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.
Categories: History

Theatre History

Theatre   History

Though this Vulcan view is obviously obsolete for most contemporary historians, nevertheless, much like the obsolete antitheatricality FischerLichte notes at the start of her History of European Drama and Theatre (2002), it carries on ...

Author: Rebecca Schneider

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 9781137456564

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 116

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This provocative book meets the supposedly 'live' practices of performance and the 'no-longer-live' historical past at their own dangerous crossroads. Focussing on the 'and' of the title, it addresses the tangled relations between the terms, practices, ideas, and aims embedded in these compatriot - but often oppositional - arts and acts of time.
Categories: Performing Arts