Postdramatic Theatre Paperback – 1 Feb 2006
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'This is a provocative, illuminating and stimulating book that will undoubtedly become as essential a text in English theatre scholarship as it already has in continental Europe.' – Marvin Carlson, Theatre Research International
'This groundbreaking study [is] an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies.' - International Theatre Informations
'This is an important book, already elbowing its way into the forefront of English-language critical discourse on theatre...' --TDR
About the Author
Hans-Thies Lehmann is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His numerous publications include Theater und Mythos (1991) on the constitution of the subject in ancient Greek tragedy, Writing the Political (2002) and, with Patrick Primavesi, Heiner Müller Handbuch (2004).
Karen Jürs-Munby is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield.
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Also the structure is rather difficult - or at the very least different.
The impossibility of a genre of Postmodern Theatre is assumed (p14). (Attempts to define this have met with criticism in some quarters - Nick Kaye; Birringer). This being so, "Postdramatic Theatre" is the only book on this topic precisely, it is an introduction AND analysis so gets into some heavy analysis very quickly. Jürs-Munby's introduction is very useful setting the tone of the book and providing extra Anglo-American examples; a number of Lehmann's example were edited out - a plus I'd say, there are plenty of Anglophone examples left. A good knowledge of Aristotle's "Poetics" is assumed from the start and references to many philosophers remains unexplained.
Chapter by chapter:
"Drama" defines the purpose of the study and diffrentiates it from previous studies. It looks at theatre in terms of performance and proposes Postdrama
"Prehistories" briefly looks at former moves away from the Dramatic model - predominantly the avant-garde. The assretion here is that all older forms have hung onto an aspect that can be described as Dramatic.
"Panorama of Postdramatic Theatre" suddenly jumps into a list of a few dozen re-occuring devices/themes of Postdramatic Theatre. These are examined and related to examples.
"Performance" underscores the importance of live performance over the textual element of theatre.
"Aspects" is a short section examining the 'unities' of Drama: Time, Space, text, bodies; or more specifically, identifying Postdrama's move away from these as formally recognised.Read more ›