By David Krasner
A heritage of contemporary Drama: Volume II explores a impressive breadth of subject matters and analytical techniques to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional occasions and events that formed international drama from 1960 via to the sunrise of the hot millennium.
- Features particular analyses of performs and playwrights, studying the effect of quite a lot of writers, from mainstream icons equivalent to Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to extra unorthodox works by way of Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane
- Provides international assurance of either English and non-English dramas – together with works from Africa and Asia to the center East
- Considers the effect of artwork, tune, literature, structure, society, politics, tradition, and philosophy at the formation of postmodern dramatic literature
- Combines wide-ranging subject matters with unique theories, foreign standpoint, and philosophical and cultural context
Completes a finished two-part paintings reading sleek global drama, and along A background of recent Drama: Volume I, deals readers whole assurance of a whole century within the evolution of worldwide dramatic literature.
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Danton’s sickening sense of the revolution’s futility and violence begins the play; it is as if Danton cannot explain his own response to this brutal state of violence, expressing an inchoate condition that accurately reflects the situation itself. Danton struggles to peer into our open skulls, only to find blood and brain-matter but no soul or deepened knowledge. Danton’s words are pell-mell, scraping and random yet always preserving the poetry of his cynicism: “I’m disgusted with it all; why must men fight one another?
Avant-gardism stands for an image of the future that breaks decisively with human continuity. It is contemptuous of progress and the durability of civilization, situating instead the inchoate, serendipitous, and non-linear at the center of creation. ”82 Many modern movements occurring in this period were really short-lived breakthroughs appearing abruptly and disappearing hastily; their influences were absorbed quickly into the large maw of modernism’s endless cycle of newness. Modernism adores the new, but quickly discards it when the gloss fades.
92 Such surrender is expressed by Danton’s torpor alone in an open field: I’ll go no farther. Why should I disturb this silence with the rustling of my footsteps and the sound of my breath. ) I was told once of a sickness that wipes out our memory. Death must be something like that. And then at times I hope that perhaps death is even more powerful and wipes away everything. If only it were true! – I’d run like a Christian then to rescue my enemy – no memory, that is. – This place should be safe; for my memory is not for me; but the grave should give me safety, at least it will make me forget.
A history of modern drama / Vol. 1 by David Krasner