Modern Drama in Theory and Practice: Volume 2, Symbolism, Surrealism and the Absurd

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 9, 1983 - Drama - 238 pages
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This book was first published in 1981. The theories of Wagner and Nietzsche provide the basic principles for this volume, disseminated by the work of Appia and Craig, and affecting the later plays of Ibsen, Maeterlinck, and Lugné-Poe's Théatre de Le'Oeuvre. Jarry is seen as the precursor of surrealism; later symbolist elements are found in the plays of Claudel, Giraudoux, Yeats, Eliot, Lorca and Pirandello. Artaud's theatre of cruelty is related to the work of Peter Brook. The theatre of the absurd is illustrated in Sartre, Beckett, Pinter and Ionesco. Recent avant-garde theatre in America and Britain also reveals elements of symbolism.
 

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Contents

The symbolic in drama
1
Theoretical beginnings Wagner and Nietzsche
5
Symbolic theatre Appia and lighting design Tristan und I solde 1899 and 1923
10
Symbolic theatre Craig and stage design The Moscow Hamlet 1912
17
Symbolist drama Ibsen to Maeterlinck and LugnePoe Hedda Gabler 1890 Pelleas and Melisande 1893
24
Symbolist drama after Maeterlinck Salome 1896 The Life of Man 1907
35
Jarry precursor of surrealism in France Ubu roi 1896
45
Dada and surrealism in France Tzara to Cocteau The Wedding on the Eiffel Tower 1921
51
Theatre of cruelty Artaud and Peter Brook The MaratSade 1965
105
The existentialist play Sartre and Camus The Flies 1943 Caligula 1945
117
Theatre of the absurd Beckett and Pinter Waiting for Godot 1952
124
Theatre of the absurd lonesco and others The Bald Prima Donna 1950
137
Ritual theatre and Jean Genet The Balcony 1957 The Blacks 1959
145
After Artaud avantgarde theatre in Poland and America Frankenstein 1965
156
Happenings and other improvisation in America Dionysus in 69 1968
164
Recent fringe theatre in Britain Christie in Love 1969 ACDC 1969
171

Symbolist drama in English Yeats and Japanese Noh drama At the Hawks Well 1916
61
Symbolist drama in English Eliot and religious drama Murder in the Cathedral 1935
70
Pirandello and the teatro grottesco Six Characters in Search of an Author 1921
76
Symbolist drama in Spain Garcia Lorca The House of Bernarda Alba 1936
84
Stylization in France Copeau and after Noah 1931 The Trojan War Will Not Take Place 1935
91
Symbolist theatre retrospectively
182
Table of events in the theatre
184
Bibliography
199
Index
217
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