Fritz Bennewitz in India: Intercultural Theatre with Brecht and Shakespeare

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University of Toronto Press, 2016 - India - 384 pages
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This volume offers the first comprehensive analysis of the work of East German theatre director Fritz Bennewitz in India between 1970 and 1994. Joerg Esleben has gathered together many of Bennewitz’ own writings, most published for the first time, in which he reflects on his production of plays by Bertolt Brecht, Shakespeare, Goethe, Chekhov, and Volker Braun. By translating these writings into English, the editors have provided unprecedented access to Bennewitz’ thinking about intercultural work in India. This material is illuminated by explanatory annotations, contextualized commentary, and critical perspectives from Bennewitz’s former colleagues in India and other leading scholars. Through its kaleidoscope of perspectives, Fritz Bennewitz in India offers a significant counter to dominant models of Western theatrical interculturalism.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Fritz Bennewitz on His Work in India
21
Perspectives on Fritz Bennewitz in India
257
Chronology of Bennewitzs Stays and Projects in South Asia and of His Indian Projects in Germany
315
Glossary of Theatre Terms Institutions and Cultural References
343
Bibliography
349
Index
357
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Joerg Esleben is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa.

David G. John is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Waterloo as well as the founding director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

Rolf Rohmer is a Professor Emeritus of Theatre at Leipzig University.

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