Memory of the Body: Essays on Theater and Death

Memory of the Body: Essays on Theater and Death

by Jan Kott
     
 

ISBN-10: 0810110199

ISBN-13: 9780810110199

Pub. Date: 05/01/1992

Publisher: Northwestern University Press

To see through the eyes of essayist and dramaturge Jan Kott is to gain in knowledge not just of the theater but also of human culture. Since his Shakespeare Our Contemporary appeared in English in 1964, Kott's work has altered—and strengthened—the way critics and the public approach the theater as a whole. The Memory of the Body highlights a

Overview

To see through the eyes of essayist and dramaturge Jan Kott is to gain in knowledge not just of the theater but also of human culture. Since his Shakespeare Our Contemporary appeared in English in 1964, Kott's work has altered—and strengthened—the way critics and the public approach the theater as a whole. The Memory of the Body highlights a number of dramatic personalities and personages: authors and directors Witkiewicz, Brecht, Kantor, Grotoswki, Ingmar Bergman, Wedekind; Tilly Newes on the stage in turn-of-the-century Vienna; the all-too-mortal, two-thirds divine Gilgamesh; and a shaman in rural Korea. In a style flecked with passion, poignancy, and wit, Kott moves beyond a mere discussion of theater to speak of eroticism, painting, love, and death.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810110199
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
05/01/1992
Edition description:
1
Pages:
153
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Part I
The Dramaturge
A Lesson in Directing
Simulators
The Voice of Cassandra: On Stempowski
Lec and His Aphorisms
On Bombrowicz and Schulz
Kantor's Kaddish
Kantor, Memory, Mémoire (1915-90)
Mrozek's Emigrés
Grotowski, or The Limit

Part II
A Short Treatise on Eroticism
Aloe
A Short Treatise on Dying
The Sexual Triangle
In the Kitchen of a Shamaness
The Heart Attack
The Memory of the Body

Part III
Gilgamesh or Mortality

Index

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