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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415268133
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415268134
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The first noticable aspect is the sheer density of lanuage used in this book. Whether through condensing or just writing style, expect to spend twice as long as usual on each page.
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.
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Very obscure, but I guess I should have known that.
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HASH(0x92a96b1c) out of 5 stars How we got to a postdramatic world 25 Jan. 2013
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It's a great introduction, which covers quite a lot of ground. Lehmann is thorough, concise, occasionally complex and difficult to follow. However the more you become a part of postdramatic theatrical practices the easier it is to understand or makes sense of what he has to say. Granted, it's not easy to follow him when he's talking about performances and groups I've not had the opportunity to experience myself but it opens one's eyes to the wealth of criticism that's available, which he has read and summarized for the benefit of novices like me.
HASH(0x92a96d68) out of 5 stars A real guideline to understand nowadays' theatre 23 April 2014
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It is not only a revealing reading, it is also a very inspiring text. This is because Lehmann's approach is not just limited to cite and describe some examples of what has been done until today but provides also a critical review on theatrical elements, materials and language. A must reading
HASH(0x92a96fa8) out of 5 stars Five Stars 5 Oct. 2015
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That's a must for those who study the theatre and its critic. The author analyses many contemporary stage creators and more.
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HASH(0x92a98108) out of 5 stars A guide to the future 3 Jan. 2007
By John C. Green - Published on Amazon.com
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Hans-Thies Lehmann's thesis provides a thought-provoking, bold and provocative guide to the current and emerging theatrical landscape. Essential reading for every theatrical practitioner, student and scholar in the country.
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