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Read and Download Carmen Dominte book Re-Thinking Character in the Theatre of the Absurd in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TRe-Thinking Character in the Theatre of the Absurd. This book was released on 2020-09-23 with total page 198 pages. Book excerpt: Using the character as a central element, this volume provides insights into the Theatre of the Absurd, highlighting its specific key characteristics. Adopting both semiotic-structuralist and mathematical approaches, its analysis of the absurdist character introduces new models of investigation, including a possible algebraic model operating on the scenic, dramatic and paradigmatic level of a play, not only exploring the relations, configurations, confrontations, functions and situations but also providing necessary information for a possible geometric model. The book also takes into consideration the relations established among the most important units of a dramatic work, character, cue, décor and régie, re-configuring the basic pattern. It will be useful for any reader interested in analyzing, staging or writing a play starting from a single character.

Download Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd PDF

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ISBN 13: 147250576X
Total Pages : 328 pages
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Read and Download Carl Lavery book Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TRethinking the Theatre of the Absurd. This book was released on 2015-11-05 with total page 328 pages. Book excerpt: Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd is an innovative collection of essays, written by leading scholars in the fields of theatre, performance and eco-criticism, which reconfigures absurdist theatre through the optics of ecology and environment. As well as offering strikingly new interpretations of the work of canonical playwrights such as Beckett, Genet, Ionesco, Adamov, Albee, Kafka, Pinter, Shepard and Churchill, the book playfully mimics the structure of Martin Esslin's classic text The Theatre of the Absurd, which is commonly recognised as one of the most important scholarly publications of the 20th century. By reading absurdist drama, for the first time, as an emergent form of ecological theatre, Rethinking the Theatre of the Absurd interrogates afresh the very meaning of absurdism for 21st-century audiences, while at the same time making a significant contribution to the development of theatre and performance studies as a whole. The collection's interdisciplinary approach, accessibility, and ecological focus will appeal to students and academics in a number of different fields, including theatre, performance, English, French, geography and philosophy. It will also have a major impact on the new cross disciplinary paradigm of eco-criticism.

Download Brecht and Post-1990s British Drama PDF

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ISBN 13: 1350172790
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Read and Download Anja Hartl book Brecht and Post-1990s British Drama in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TBrecht and Post-1990s British Drama. This book was released on 2021-01-14 with total page 203 pages. Book excerpt: Can theatre change the world? If so, how can it productively connect with social reality and foster spectatorial critique and engagement? This book examines the forms and functions of political drama in what has been described as a post-Marxist, post-ideological, even post-political moment. It argues that Bertolt Brecht's concept of dialectical theatre represents a privileged theoretical and dramaturgical method on the contemporary British stage as well as a valuable lens for understanding 21st-century theatre in Britain. Establishing a creative philosophical dialogue between Brecht, Walter Benjamin, Theodor W. Adorno and Jacques Rancière, the study analyses seminal works by five influential contemporary playwrights, ranging from Mark Ravenhill's 'in-yer-face' plays to Caryl Churchill's 21st century theatrical experiments. Engaging critically with Brecht's theatrical legacy, these plays create a politically progressive form of drama which emphasises notions of negativity, ambivalence and conflict as a prerequisite for spectatorial engagement and emancipation. This book adopts an interdisciplinary and intercultural theoretical approach, reuniting English and German perspectives and innovatively weaving together a variety of theoretical strands to offer fresh insights on Brecht's legacy, on British theatre history and on the selected plays.

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ISBN 13: 0472131486
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Read and Download Sarah Balkin book Spectral Characters in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TSpectral Characters. This book was released on 2019-07-31 with total page 198 pages. Book excerpt: Theater’s materiality and reliance on human actors has traditionally put it at odds with modernist principles of aesthetic autonomy and depersonalization. Spectral Characters argues that modern dramatists in fact emphasized the extent to which humans are fictional, made and changed by costumes, settings, props, and spoken dialogue. Examining work by Ibsen, Wilde, Strindberg, Genet, Kopit, and Beckett, the book takes up the apparent deadness of characters whose selves are made of other people, whose thoughts become exteriorized communication technologies, and whose bodies merge with walls and furniture. The ghostly, vampiric, and telepathic qualities of these characters, Sarah Balkin argues, mark a new relationship between the material and the imaginary in modern theater. By considering characters whose bodies respond to language, whose attempts to realize their individuality collapse into inanimacy, and who sometimes don’t appear at all, the book posits a new genealogy of modernist drama that emphasizes its continuities with nineteenth-century melodrama and realism.

Download Mediatized Dramaturgy PDF

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ISBN 13: 135003116X
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Read and Download Seda Ilter book Mediatized Dramaturgy in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TMediatized Dramaturgy. This book was released on 2021-07-15 with total page 240 pages. Book excerpt: This study explores the ways in which playtexts have evolved in relation to the sociocultural and cognitive conditions of a mediatized age, and how they, in form and content, respond to this environment and open up new critical possibilities in text and performance. The study combines theatre and media theory through the innovative concept of 'mediatized dramaturgy' and offers conceptual reflections on the ways in which a playtext negotiates the new reality of contemporary culture. The book scrutinizes the form of playtexts and works through the exchange between text and performance by exploring contemporary works such as Simon Stephens's Pornography, Caryl Churchill's Love and Information, and David Greig's The Yes/No Plays, and their selected productions. Offering a pioneering intervention that expands discussions about the mediatization of theatre, and new playwriting, Mediatized Dramaturgyproposes areas for discussion that appeal to researchers, audiences and practitioners with an interest in the sub-field of media and performance, and British and North American drama and theatre. Media technologies and their socio-cultural repercussions have increasingly influenced theatre, particularly since the ubiquitous prevalence of digital technologies from the 1990s onwards. Consequently, new modes such as digital and intermedial theatre have come to populate and transform the theatre practice and scholarship. In this changing theatrical landscape, what has happened to plays in the historically text-oriented British theatre? How has playtext changed in an age of theatre marked by mediatization and its possibilities?

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ISBN 13: 9048537215
Total Pages : 298 pages
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Read and Download Pauline Goul book Early Modern Écologies in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TEarly Modern Écologies. This book was released on 2020-03-06 with total page 298 pages. Book excerpt: Early Modern Écologies is the first collective volume to offer perspectives on the relationship between contemporary ecological thought and early modern French literature. If Descartes spoke of humans as being "masters and possessors of Nature" in the seventeenth century, the writers taken up in this volume arguably demonstrated a more complex and urgent understanding of the human relationship to our shared planet. Opening up a rich archive of literary and non-literary texts produced by Montaigne and his contemporaries, this volume foregrounds not how ecocriticism renews our understanding of a literary corpus, but rather how that corpus causes us to re-think or to nuance contemporary eco-theory. The sparsely bilingual title (an acute accent on écologies) denotes the primary task at hand: to pluralize (i.e. de-Anglophone-ize) the Environmental Humanities. Featuring established and emerging scholars from Europe and the United States, Early Modern Écologies opens up new dialogues between eco-theorists such as Timothy Morton, Gilles Deleuze, and Bruno Latour and Montaigne, Ronsard, Du Bartas, and Olivier de Serres.

Download How Literary Worlds Are Shaped PDF

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ISBN 13: 3110486318
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Read and Download Bo Pettersson book How Literary Worlds Are Shaped in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book THow Literary Worlds Are Shaped. This book was released on 2016-09-12 with total page 334 pages. Book excerpt: Literary studies still lack an extensive comparative analysis of different kinds of literature, including ancient and non-Western. How Literary Worlds Are Shaped. A Comparative Poetics of Literary Imagination aims to provide such a study. Literature, it claims, is based on individual and shared human imagination, which creates literary worlds that blend the real and the fantastic, mimesis and genre, often modulated by different kinds of unreliability. The main building blocks of literary worlds are their oral, visual and written modes and three themes: challenge, perception and relation. They are blended and inflected in different ways by combinations of narratives and figures, indirection, thwarted aspirations, meta-usages, hypothetical action as well as hierarchies and blends of genres and text types. Moreover, literary worlds are not only constructed by humans but also shape their lives and reinforce their sense of wonder. Finally, ten reasons are given in order to show how this comparative view can be of use in literary studies. In sum, How Literary Worlds Are Shaped is the first study to present a wide-ranging and detailed comparative account of the makings of literary worlds.

Download Theatres of Thought PDF

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ISBN 13: 1527566374
Total Pages : 196 pages
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Read and Download Daniel Watt book Theatres of Thought in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TTheatres of Thought. This book was released on 2021-02-19 with total page 196 pages. Book excerpt: Theatre, fundamentally, makes things appear. Philosophy, fundamentally, makes things appear. Philosophy is at work in all disciplines. The issue is less about bringing them together but rather articulating the fact that they, like science and art, have never been truly apart. Theatre has been gradually increasing its theoretical articulation over decades, fascinated by the possibility of transforming thought into spectacle. The essays collected in this volume address these issues from wide-ranging perspectives and approaches. They arise from meetings of the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group at the 2005 and 2006 conferences of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), and from papers presented under the auspices of CTPP (Centre for Theatre, Performance and Philosophy) at Aberystwyth University.

Download The Contemporary Ensemble PDF

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Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN 13: 1136283544
Total Pages : 296 pages
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Read and Download Duška Radosavljević book The Contemporary Ensemble in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TThe Contemporary Ensemble. This book was released on 2013-08-21 with total page 296 pages. Book excerpt: ‘Dr. Radosavljević has an excellent and extensive grasp of her subject, and deep understanding of not only the history of these groups, but how they function, and how each contributes to the field of ensemble theatre.’ – David Crespy, University of Missouri, USA Questions of ensemble – what it is, how it works – are both inherent to a variety of Western theatre traditions, and re-emerging and evolving in striking new ways in the twenty-first century. The Contemporary Ensemble draws together an unprecedented range of original interviews with world-renowned theatre-makers in order to directly address both the former and latter concerns. Reflecting on ‘the ensemble way of working’ within this major new resource are figures including: Michael Boyd, Hermann Wündrich, Yuri Butusov, Max Stafford-Clark, Elizabeth LeCompte, Lyn Gardner, Adriano Shaplin, Phelim McDermott; and Emma Rice; representing companies including: The RSC; The Berliner Ensemble; The Satirikon Theatre; Out of Joint; The Wooster Group; Kneehigh Theatre; Song of the Goat; The Riot Group; The Neo-Futurists; Shadow Casters; and Ontroerend Goed. All 22 interviews were conducted especially for the collection, and draw upon the author’s rich background working as scholar, educator and dramaturg with a variety of ensembles. The resulting compendium radically re-situates the ensemble in the context of globalisation, higher education and simplistic understandings of ‘text-based’ and ‘devised’ theatre practice, and traces a compelling new line through the contemporary theatre landscape.

Download The Theatre of the Absurd PDF

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Total Pages : 480 pages
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Read and Download Martin Esslin book The Theatre of the Absurd in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TThe Theatre of the Absurd. This book was released on 2004 with total page 480 pages. Book excerpt: A new edition of the playwrights and plays that have shaped the evolution of the "Theatre of the Absurd" introduces developments in the contemporary theater that reflect changing attitudes toward the world, looking at the work of such playwrights as Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, and others. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

Download Do You Think You're Clever? PDF

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Publisher : Icon Books Ltd
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ISBN 13: 1848311567
Total Pages : 221 pages
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Read and Download John Farndon book Do You Think You're Clever? in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TDo You Think You're Clever?. This book was released on 2009-10-01 with total page 221 pages. Book excerpt: What happens if I drop an ant? What books are bad for you? What percentage of the world's water is contained in a cow? The Oxbridge undergraduate interviews are infamous for their unique ways of assessing candidates, and from these peculiar enquiries, professors can tell just how smart you really are. John Farndon has collected together 75 of the most intriguing questions taken from actual admission interviews and gives full answers to each, taking the reader through the fascinating histories, philosophies, sciences and arts that underlie each problem. This is a book for everyone who likes to think they're clever, or who thinks they'd like to be clever. And cleverness is not just knowing stuff, it's how laterally, deeply and interestingly you can bend your brain. Guesstimating the population of Croydon, for example, opens a chain of thought from which you can predict the strength of a nuclear bomb ...and that's just the start of it.

Download Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd PDF

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Publisher : Springer
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ISBN 13: 0230118828
Total Pages : 179 pages
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Read and Download M. Bennett book Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TReassessing the Theatre of the Absurd. This book was released on 2011-04-25 with total page 179 pages. Book excerpt: Fifty years after the publication of Martin Esslin's The Theatre of the Absurd , which suggests that 'absurd' plays purport the meaninglessness of life, this book uses the works of five major playwrights of the 1950s to provide a timely reassessment of one of the most important theatre 'movements' of the 20th century.

Download Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater PDF

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Publisher : Univ of California Press
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ISBN 13: 0520286871
Total Pages : 240 pages
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Read and Download W. B. Worthen book Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TModern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater. This book was released on 2015-01-30 with total page 240 pages. Book excerpt: The history of drama is typically viewed as a series of inert "styles." Tracing British and American stage drama from the 1880s onward, W. B. Worthen instead sees drama as the interplay of text, stage production, and audience. How are audiences manipulated? What makes drama meaningful? Worthen identifies three rhetorical strategies that distinguish an O'Neill play from a Yeats, or these two from a Brecht. Where realistic theater relies on the "natural" qualities of the stage scene, poetic theater uses the poet's word, the text, to control performance. Modern political theater, by contrast, openly places the audience at the center of its rhetorical designs, and the drama of the postwar period is shown to develop a range of post-Brechtian practices that make the audience the subject of the play. Worthen's book deserves the attention of any literary critic or serious theatergoer interested in the relationship between modern drama and the spectator.

Download Living Masks PDF

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ISBN 13: 0802098991
Total Pages : 161 pages
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Read and Download Umberto Mariani book Living Masks in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TLiving Masks. This book was released on 2008-01-01 with total page 161 pages. Book excerpt: Umberto Mariani presents a clear and comprehensive introduction of Pirandello's major plays for general readers, students, and scholars new to Pirandello.

Download Shakespeare and Absurdity. The Unseen Relation PDF

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ISBN 13: 3668331588
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Read and Download Danish Suleman book Shakespeare and Absurdity. The Unseen Relation in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TShakespeare and Absurdity. The Unseen Relation. This book was released on 2016-10-31 with total page 9 pages. Book excerpt: Essay from the year 2016 in the subject English - Literature, Works, , language: English, abstract: The term “absurdity” is very well known in literature and frequently used by the writers of post 2nd World War. They use this term in the manner of its meaning or even more than that in their works. The effects of War and human sufferings from that caused absurdism to flourish and also spread Nihilism, meaninglessness, nothingness. The aim and motive of this paper is to prove that the idea of absurdism may be new which is observed by absurd writer on human bizarre situation, but the existence of absurdism was already been used in the writings of Elizabethan writers or before that. In these writers the king of drama, William Shakespeare was also one of the most prominent in whose writings the existence of absurdity can easily be traceable when he is well known for his tragedies and comedies. Although this existence was not noticed by or tagged by the writers or critics of that time as absurdism, there was its presence on the large scale. This paper is going to compare the level of absurdity among the playwrights of absurd and absurdism in the selected works of Shakespeare. The idea here is that the writer who is still incomparable also created the levels of absurdity in his plays unintentionally without being aware of the notion of “Absurdism”.

Download Political Action in Václav Havel's Thought PDF

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ISBN 13: 0739149571
Total Pages : 163 pages
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Read and Download Delia Popescu book Political Action in Václav Havel's Thought in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TPolitical Action in Václav Havel's Thought. This book was released on 2012 with total page 163 pages. Book excerpt: "This book explores the account of responsibility supported by the work of Vaclav Havel, anti-communist dissident, playwright, former President of the Czech Republic, and political thinker. Havel's work stands as a remarkable articulation of responsible action under the extreme circumstances of Eastern European totalitarianism, but the value of his inquiry extends beyond that time and place"--

Download The Roots of Theatre PDF

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ISBN 13: 1587294265
Total Pages : 362 pages
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Read and Download Eli Rozik book The Roots of Theatre in PDF, EPub, Mobi, Kindle online. Free book TThe Roots of Theatre. This book was released on 2005-04-01 with total page 362 pages. Book excerpt: The topic of the origins of theatre is one of the most controversial in theatre studies, with a long history of heated discussions and strongly held positions. In The Roots of Theatre, Eli Rozik enters the debate in a feisty way, offering not just another challenge to those who place theatre’s origins in ritual and religion but also an alternative theory of roots based on the cultural and psychological conditions that made the advent of theatre possible. Rozik grounds his study in a comprehensive review and criticism of each of the leading historical and anthropological theories. He believes that the quest for origins is essentially misleading because it does not provide any significant insight for our understanding of theatre. Instead, he argues that theatre, like music or dance, is a sui generis kind of human creativity—a form of thinking and communication whose roots lie in the spontaneous image-making faculty of the human psyche. Rozik’s broad approach to research lies within the boundaries of structuralism and semiotics, but he also utilizes additional disciplines such as psychoanalysis, neurology, sociology, play and game theory, science of religion, mythology, poetics, philosophy of language, and linguistics. In seeking the roots of theatre, what he ultimately defines is something substantial about the nature of creative thought—a rudimentary system of imagistic thinking and communication that lies in the set of biological, primitive, and infantile phenomena such as daydreaming, imaginative play, children’s drawing, imitation, mockery (caricature, parody), storytelling, and mythmaking.