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Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama Martin Puchner

Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama

Martin Puchner

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ISBN : 9780801868559
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234 pages
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Grounded equally in discussions of theatre history, literary genre, and theory, Martin Puchners study explores the conflict between avant-garde theatre and modernism. While the avant-garde celebrated all things theatrical, a dominant strain ofMoreGrounded equally in discussions of theatre history, literary genre, and theory, Martin Puchners study explores the conflict between avant-garde theatre and modernism. While the avant-garde celebrated all things theatrical, a dominant strain of modernism tended to define itself against the theatre, valuing lyric poetry and the novel instead. Defenders of the theatre dismiss modernisms aversion to the stage and its mimicking actors as one more form of the old anti-theatrical prejudice. But Puchner shows that modernisms ambivalence about the theatre was shared even by playwrights and directors and thus was a productive force responsible for some of the greatest achievements in dramatic literature and theatre.