History of European Drama and Theatre

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Psychology Press, 2002 - Literary Criticism - 396 pages
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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.

  

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This book deserves a place on the shelf between Felicia Hardison Londr and Daniel J. Watermeier's The History of North American Theater (LJ 9/1/98) and the latest edition of Franklin G. Hildy and ... Read full review

Contents

RITUAL THEATRE
8
The magic body
33
The frail and tortured body
40
the suppression of popular culture
46
The seducer the martyr and the fool theatrical
80
Honour disgraced and the forfeit of mercy
86
Popular theatre between religious and court theatre
96
From the theatrical to social roleplay
129
Middleclass Bildungstheater
199
Identity and history
230
The fatalism of history and the concrete utopia of physical nature
238
The fall of the bourgeois myths
244
The completion and end of the bourgeois theatre
281
Beyond the individual
298
The multiplicity of roles in the theatre of life or the multiple
306
the new man in the theatre
314

Theatre as a model of social reality
136
THE RISE OFTHE MIDDLE CLASSES AND
146
The loving father and his virtuous daughter
155
the seducer and the mistress
161
The mutilated individual
170
The selfcastration of creative nature
176
Symbol of the species
182
The transition from man into God
190
Dismemberment and rebirth
324
the redeemed and redeeming body
332
Men of new flesh
341
Notes
352
Bibliography
361
Index of dramatic works
372
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About the author (2002)

Erika Fischer-Lichte is university professor of theatre research at the Free University of Berlin, and president of the International Federation of Theatre Research. Her numerous publications include The Show and the Gaze of Theatre. A European Perspective, 1997.

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