German Expressionist Theatre: The Actor and the Stage

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German Expressionist theatre: the actor and the stage considers the powerfully stylized and anti-realistic styles of symbolic acting on the German Expressionist stage from 1916 to 1921. It relates this striking departure from the dominant European acting tradition of realism to the specific cultural crises that enveloped the German nation during the course of its involvement in World War I. Unlike any of the very few publications in English on stage Expressionism, this book describes three distinct Expressionist ...
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Overview

German Expressionist theatre: the actor and the stage considers the powerfully stylized and anti-realistic styles of symbolic acting on the German Expressionist stage from 1916 to 1921. It relates this striking departure from the dominant European acting tradition of realism to the specific cultural crises that enveloped the German nation during the course of its involvement in World War I. Unlike any of the very few publications in English on stage Expressionism, this book describes three distinct Expressionist acting styles, all of which in their own ways attempted to show how symbolic stage performance could be a powerful rhetorical resource for a culture struggling to come to terms with the crises of historical change. The examination of previously untranslated portions of Expressionist scripts and actor memoirs allows for an unprecedented focus on description and analysis of the acting itself.
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"...fresh insights into German expressionism and its significance.... His research is thorough.... ...Kuhns provides informative descriptions of the settings, lighting, theater architecture, and costumes. Most useful to graduate students, researchers, and professionals." Choice

"I can recommend this volume for the library of anyone interested in German Expressionism and theater history generally." Monatshefte

"...prsents theroetical concepts clearly and back them up with detailed examples. It is based on a firm foundation of research, using such primary sources as reviews, memoirs,manifestoes and scripts, analyzed in light of pertinent theorical material." Pamela S. Saur, Germanic Notes and Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521035224
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2006
  • Pages: 324
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Abstraction and empathy: the philosophical background in the socio-economic foreground 20
2 The poetics of Expressionist performance: contemporary models and sources 43
3 Schrei ecstatic performance 94
4 An "Expressionist solution to the problem of theatre": Geist abstraction in performance 139
5 Late Expressionist performance in Berlin: the Emblematic mode 173
Concluding observations 218
Notes 248
Select bibliography 293
Index 299
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