From the Left Bank: Reflections on the Modern French Theater and Novel

From the Left Bank: Reflections on the Modern French Theater and Novel

by Tom Bishop
     
 

From the Left Bank chronicles the intimate, behind-the-scenes encounters of an American Francophile and the stars of the French Avant Garde theater and literary worlds. It reflects the author's extensive, first-hand experience of the modern French theater and with those artists who wrote and staged the work that has revolutionized the way we think of theater. The

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From the Left Bank chronicles the intimate, behind-the-scenes encounters of an American Francophile and the stars of the French Avant Garde theater and literary worlds. It reflects the author's extensive, first-hand experience of the modern French theater and with those artists who wrote and staged the work that has revolutionized the way we think of theater. The book contains a distillation of Bishop's best original writings on such pivotal figures as Jean Cocteau, Jean-Louis Barrault, Eugne Ionesco, Jean Genet, Jean-Paul Sartre, Samuel Beckett, and Albert Camus in theater and Claude Simon, Robert Pinget, Philippe Sollers, and Alain Robbe-Grillet in fiction. Bishop knew these creative artists personally, and his insightful analyses provide an informative, entertaining insider's look at the development and workings of the French Avant Garde.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814712603
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
03/01/1997
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.27(w) x 9.22(h) x 1.04(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Beginnings1
1Changing Concepts of Avant-Garde in French Theater15
2Two Decades of Theater in Paris: 1937-195725
3Pirandello and French Theater41
4From Text to Performance: The Dialectics of Contemporary Theater64
5About Jean Giraudox75
6Jean Cocteau Revisited86
7Anouilh's Antigone in 197095
8Jean-Louis Barrault107
9Ionesco on Olympus115
10Role Playing in Jean Genet's The Maids125
11Interview with Tilly133
12Sartre, A Life141
13No Exit146
14Becoming Sartre: The War Diaries of Jean-Paul Sartre158
15On Samuel Beckett: 1906-1989167
16"Heavenly Father, the Creature Was Bilingual": How Beckett Switched177
17The Concept of Truth in Beckett's Discourse185
18The Loneliest Monologues: Beckett's Theater in the 1970s194
19Camus and Beckett: Variations on an Absurd Landscape212
20The Image of Creation in the Works of Claude Simon231
21The Inquisitory by Robert Pinget240
22The Park by Philippe Sollers243
23The Man Who Lies: An Interview with Alain Robbe-Grillet249
24Robbe-Grillet's Geography264
25Conversation with Robbe-Grillet277
Notes287
Index295

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