Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance

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Karoline Gritzner
Univ of Hertfordshire Press, Oct 1, 2010 - Literary Collections - 256 pages
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Exploring a range of topics, including Greek tragedy, Shakespearean theater, contemporary British plays, opera, and the theatricality of Parisian culture, this compilation provides new perspectives on the relationship between Eros and Death in a series of dramatic texts, theatrical practices, and cultural performances. Detailed and analytical, these informative essays demonstrate how changing attitudes towards sexuality and death--opposed but entangled passions--were reflected in theater throughout the course of history. Psychoanalytical and philosophical models are also referenced in this work that features essays from dramatists Dic Edwards, David Ian Rabey, and David Rudkin.
 

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Contents

Some ErosThanatos interfaces in Attic Tragedy
12
the tragicomedy of Shakespeares Cleopatra
28
Desire and destruction in the drama of Georg Biichner
46
theatrical journeys of eroticism
64
Eros and Thanatos in the opera
80
sensuality homicide and culture
95
a metaphysic for theatre
109
Flirting with disaster
123
David Ian Rabey
141
eroticism death
153
experiencing La Fura dels Bauss XXX
178
erotic encounters in One to One performance
202
a parallax view of Nick Cave
224
The corpse and its sexuality
242
Index
261
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Karoline Gritzner is a lecturer in drama at the University of Aberystwyth And The author of Theatre of Catastrophe: New Essays on Howard Barker.

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