By David Krasner
Masking the interval 1879 to 1959, and taking in every little thing from Ibsen to Beckett, this booklet is quantity certainly one of a two-part accomplished exam of the performs, dramatists, and hobbies that include glossy international drama.* includes specified research of performs and playwrights, connecting topics and delivering unique interpretations* contains insurance of non-English works and traditions to create an international view of contemporary drama* Considers the impact of modernism in artwork, song, literature, structure, society, and politics at the formation of recent dramatic literature* Takes an interpretative and analytical method of sleek dramatic texts instead of concentrating on construction heritage* comprises insurance of the ways that staging practices, layout innovations, and performing types expert the development of the dramas
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David Krasner. © 2012 David Krasner. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. indd 33 8/11/2011 7:19:47 PM 34 A History of Modern Drama modernism stems from the reliance on realism as a grounding for character and setting; and the use of metaphors (cherry orchards, ghost sonatas, and wild ducks, among others) as methods of reaching beyond mimetic reflection. Chekhov was gentler, perhaps because he possessed the best sense of humor; for Chekhov the political can also be absurd and taking yourself too seriously can be risible.
The intrinsic lucidity of realism makes the work accessible in a way the avant garde – with its subjectivism, formal difficulty, and purposeful obscurantism – could not. ’ ”73 The world is not (following Hegel) linear but rather (following Nietzsche) circular, inconsistent, and lacking in Aristotelian formulas of beginning, middle, and end. August Strindberg, whose plays epitomized both realism and naturalism as well as avant-garde expressionism, wrote in his Preface to A Dream Play that modern characters and situations are not onedimensional cardboard cut-outs but rather “Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable.
Indd 39 8/11/2011 3:20:17 PM 40 A History of Modern Drama for the Norwegian Theatre of Bergen, a post whose duties entailed writing for the residential company, directing, and consulting on theatrical matters. Despite the fact that he considered the work tedious, the period of gestation through apprenticeship and directing provided a firm foundation for his mature plays. His early works were conventional history plays, rustic folk dramas, and farces.
A History of Modern Drama by David Krasner