Fritz Bennewitz in India: Intercultural Theatre with Brecht and Shakespeare

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University of Toronto Press, Jan 6, 2017 - Literary Criticism - 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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The 1970s Brechtian Experiments
The Early 1980s Firsts Lows and Highs
The Mid1980s Brecht and the Bard in Bhopal
The Late 1980s and Early 1990s Gaining a Village Losing
Perspectives from Bennewitzs Partners in India
Essays on Bennewitz in India
Politics Brecht and the Human Touch
Chronology of Bennewitzs Stays and Projects in South Asia and
Glossary of Theatre Terms Institutions and Cultural References

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About the author (2017)

Joerg Esleben is an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Ottawa.

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

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.

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