Essays On German Theater / Edition 1

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Overview


It is against this background of the theater's high prestige as a forum for ideas, as the summit of the literary arts, as the place where all the arts coalesce in a Wagnerian 'Gesamtkunstwerk' or dialectically oppose and ironize each other in Brechtian epic 'alienation, ' of the drama as a method of thought, of concrete philosophizing, that the astounding wealth of critical and theoretical writings about drama and theater that the German-speaking world has produced over the last two hundred and fifty years must be seen and appreciated.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826402974
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Publication date: 11/1/1985
  • Series: German Library Series , #83
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Julius Esslin (1918-2002) was a Hungarian-born English playwright and critic best known for coining the term "The Theatre of the Absurd" in his work of that name (1962).

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Martin Esslin

Introduction: Margaret Herzfeld-Sander

GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING

The Seventeenth Letter Concerning the Newest Literature

From The Hamburg Dramaturgy

JAKOB MICHAEL REINHOLD LENZ

From Notes on the Theater

FRIEDRICH SCHILLER

The Stage Considered as a Moral Institution

JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE

From Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship

From Eckermann's Conversations with Goethe

AUGUST WILHELM VON SCHLEGEL

From Lectures on Dramatic Art and Literature

FRANZ GRILLPARZER

On the Nature of the Drama

A Letter Concerning Fate

GEORG WILHELM FRIEDRICH HEGEL

From The Philosophy of Fine Art

GEORG BUCHNER

Letter to His Family

FRIEDRICH HEBBEL

A Word about the Theater

RICHARD WAGNER

From The Art Work of the Future

KARL MARX

Letter to Ferdinand Lassalle

FRIEDRICH ENGELS

Letter to Ferdinand Lassalle

GUSTAV FREYTAG

From Technique of the Drama

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

From The Birth of Tragedy

ARNO HOLZ

From Evolution of the Drama

GERHART HAUPTMANN

Thoughts on Drama

GEORG LUKACS

The Sociology of Modern Drama

CARL STERNHEIM

Thoughts Concerning the Nature of Drama

GEORG KAISER

The Dramatic Poet and the Man in the Audience

Man in the Tunnel, or: The Poet and the Play

HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL

The Theater of the New

ERNST TOLLER

Remarks Concerning German Post-War Drama

ERWIN PISCATOR

The Berlin Production of Paquet's Flags

From Outline of a Sociological Dramaturgy

ODON VON HORVATH

User's Instructions

BERTOLT BRECHT

Shouldn't We Abolish Aesthetics?

Theatre for Pleasure or Theatre for Instruction

The Street Scene

On Experimental Theatre

Can the Present-day World Be Reproduced by Means of Theatre?

ARNOLD HAUSER

The Origins of Domestic Drama

FRIEDRICH DURRENMATT

Friedrich Schiller

WOLFGANG HILDESHEIMER

On the Theater of the Absurd

ROLF HOCHHUTH

Should the Theater Portray the Contemporary World?

MAX FRISCH

The Author and the Theater

From a Correspondence with Walter Hollerer

PETER WEISS

Notes on the Contemporary Theater

Conversation with Peter Weiss

PETER HACKS

Interview

PETER HANDKE

Street-Theater and Theater-Theater

MARTIN WALSER

A Further Daydream about the Theater

HEINAR KIPPHARDT

Theater and Reality

TANKRED DORST

A Conversation with Rudolf Vogel

HEINER MULLER

Fatzer +/- Keuner

Reflections on Post-Modernism

FRANZ XAVER KROETZ

I don't write about things I despise.

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