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Author Feldman, Alexander, 1981-

Title Dramas of the past on the twentieth-century stage : in history's wings / by Alex Feldman
Published New York : Routledge, 2013
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Description 1 online resource
Series Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies ; 27
Routledge advances in theatre and performance studies ; 27
Contents Introduction. Historiographic metatheatre: the basics -- "We want our revolution now": Peter Weiss, Gunter Grass and the theatre of insurrection -- All Wilde on the Western front: Alan Bennett, Tom Stoppard and the theatre of war -- God rot great men?: Rolf Hochhuth, Howard Brenton and the anti-heroic drama -- "Better mimics than our London actors": Timberlake Wertenbaker and the colonial theatre -- Conclusion -- Epilogue
Summary This book defines and exemplifies a major genre of modern dramatic writing, termed historiographic metatheatre, in which self-reflexive engagements with the traditions and forms of dramatic art illuminate historical themes and aid in the representation of historical events and, in doing so, formulates a genre. Historiographic metatheatre has been, and remains, a seminal mode of political engagement and ideological critique in the contemporary dramatic canon. Locating its key texts within the traditions of historical drama, self-reflexivity in European theatre, debates in the politics and ae
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject English drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
German drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Historical drama, English -- History and criticism
Historical drama, German -- History and criticism
History in literature
Literature and history -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Literature and history -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Play within a play
DRAMA -- English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh.
English drama.
German drama.
Historical drama, English.
Historical drama, German.
History in literature.
Literature and history.
Play within a play.
Great Britain.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1136155015