Artaud on Theatre

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With Brecht and Meyerhold, Antonin Artaud was one of the great visionaries of twentieth-century theatre, best known perhaps for what he called the "Theatre of Cruelty." This revised and updated edition of Artaud on Theatre contains all of his key writings on theatre and cinema from 1921 to his death in 1948, including new selections which have never before appeared in English. Together with an Introduction, biographical notes, and commentary, the collection charts Artaud's work from his early association with ...
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Overview

With Brecht and Meyerhold, Antonin Artaud was one of the great visionaries of twentieth-century theatre, best known perhaps for what he called the "Theatre of Cruelty." This revised and updated edition of Artaud on Theatre contains all of his key writings on theatre and cinema from 1921 to his death in 1948, including new selections which have never before appeared in English. Together with an Introduction, biographical notes, and commentary, the collection charts Artaud's work from his early association with surrealism, through his founding of the Théâtre Alfred Jarry, to the invocation of his compelling vision in his most famous manifesto, The Theatre and Its Double. Artaud's poetic and inspirational writings called for a fundamental regeneration of Western art. He wanted to return the theatre to its roots in ritual and to transform the audience through total emotional, psychic, and physical involvement. Anarchic and disruptive, he was misunderstood, silenced, and ostracized in his lifetime, but was later championed as an icon of the sixties counterculture. His ideas have inspired the work of Genet, Arrabal, The Living Theatre, Grotowski, Brook, and most of the experimental drama and performance work of recent decades. "One of the great daring mapmakers of consciousness in extremis."—Susan Sontag
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Editorial Reviews

Back Stage
…Artaud deserves his place as one of theatre's foremost thinkers…. With cogent commentary by Claude Schumacher and Brian Singleton.
Inc. Book News
…Artaud deserves his place as one of theatre's foremost thinkers…. With cogent commentary by Claude Schumacher and Brian Singleton.
Susan Sontag
One of the great daring mapmakers of consciousness in extremis.
The Bloomsbury Review
A must for any serious academic scholar on theater, Artaud's work is also a...thought-provoking read on the serious critical nature of the medium itself.
BackStage
...Artaud Deserves His Place As One Of Theatre's Foremost Thinkers.... With Cogent Commentary By Claude Schumacher And Brian Singleton.
The Bloomsbury Review
A must for any serious academic scholar on theater, Artaud's work is also a ...thought-provoking read on the serious critical nature of the medium itself.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566635585
  • Publisher: Dee, Ivan R. Publisher
  • Publication date: 4/1/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 8.32 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Claude Schumacher has also written Staging the Holocaust and edited Naturalism and Symbolism in European Theatre. He lives in London.
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Table of Contents

Antonin Artaud : a biographical outline
Artaud's artistic activities
Artaud and theatre
Artaud and madness
Artaud, east and west
Pt. 1 Early writings (Paris 1921-5)
Charles Dullin's L'Atelier 3
To Max Jacob 4
To Mademoiselle Yvonne Gilles 5
L'Atelier theatre 6
'Six characters in search of an author' 8
Maurice Maeterlinck 9
The evolution of set design 13
To the director of the Comedie-Francaise 16
Letter to the chancellors of the European universities 18
'The spurt of blood' 19
The umbilical limbo 22
All writing is filth 23
Pt. 2 The Alfred Jarry Theatre (1926-30)
The Alfred Jarry Theatre (1926-7) 29
Manifesto for an abortive theatre 34
To Jean Paulhan 36
The Alfred Jarry Theatre (1928) 38
To Genica Athanasiou 40
'A dream play' by Strindberg 41
The Alfred Jarry Theatre (1929) 43
The Alfred Jarry Theatre and public hostility (1930) 44
To Roger Vitrac 47
Three letters to Louis Jouvet 49
Pt. 3 Cinema (1926-32)
Cinema and reality 57
'The shell and the Clergyman' 59
To Madame Yvonne Allendy 60
To Rene Daumal 62
To Jean Paulhan 64
Pt. 4 The NRF theatre project (1931-3)
To Jean-Richard Bloch 69
To Marcel Dalio 70
The theatre I'm about to set up 72
To Andre Gide 76
Three letters to Jean Paulhan 79
Letter to 'Comoedia' 83
To a friend 86
To Natalie Clifford Barney 88
To Orane Demazis 89
'The conquest of Mexico' 91
Pt. 5 'The theatre and its double' (1931-7)
'The theatre and its double' 97
On the Balinese Theatre 98
'Mise en scene' and metaphysics 102
Alchemist Theatre 108
The theatre of cruelty - first manifesto 112
Letters on cruelty 118
Theatre and cruelty 120
Letters on language 123
Theatre and the plague 127
No more masterpieces 132
Theatre and poetry 133
Oriental and western theatre 135
Theatre is first ritualistic and magical ... 138
An affective athleticism 139
Theatre and culture 142
Theatre and the gods 145
A Medea without fire 153
Pt. 6 'The Cenci' (1935)
The Cenci 159
To Andre Gide 160
'The Cenci' 162
The tragedy 'The Cenci' at the Folies-Wagram 164
After 'The Cenci' 166
To Jean-Louis Barrault 167
'Around a mother' 169
Pt. 7 Religion and sexuality (Rodez 1943-6)
Artaud, religion and sexuality 175
To Anne Manson 177
To Andre Breton 178
To Frederic Delanglade 180
To Doctor J. Latremoliere 182
To Sonia Mosse 183
To Roger Blin 186
Pt. 8 Return to Paris (1946-8)
Theatre and anatomy 191
To Peter Watson 194
'Tete-a-tete with Antonin Artaud' 201
Letters to Andre Breton 204
Deranging the actor 212
Theatre and science 216
To put an end to the judgement of God 220
The question arises of ... 222
To Wladimir Porche, director of broadcasting 228
To Rene Guilly 230
To Paule Thevenin 232
Who am I? / Qui suis-je? 234
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