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Author Shepherd-Barr, Kirsten, 1966- author

Title Theatre and evolution from Ibsen to Beckett / Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr
Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource (xiii, 380 pages) : illustrations
Contents "I'm evolving!" birds, beasts and parodies -- Confronting the serious side -- "On the contrary!" Ibsen's evolutionary vision -- "Ugly but irresistible": maternal instinct on stage -- Edwardians and Eugenicists -- Reproductive issues -- Midcentury American engagements with evolution -- Beckett's "old muckball" -- Epilogue: staging the anthropocene
Summary Evolutionary theory made its stage debut as early as the 1840s, reflecting a scientific advancement that was fast changing the world. Tracing this development in dozens of mainstream European and American plays, as well as in circus, vaudeville, pantomime, and 'missing link' performances, this study reveals the deep, transformative entanglement among science, art and culture in modern times
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882 -- Influence.
Evolution (Biology)
Science and the arts -- History.
Science -- Social aspects -- History.
Theater and society -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0231538928 (electronic bk.)
1336033096 (electronic bk.)
9780231538923 (electronic bk.)
9781336033092 (electronic bk.)