Memory of the Body: Essays on Theater and Death

Memory of the Body: Essays on Theater and Death

by Jan Kott
     
 

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

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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)

Meet the Author

Jan Kott, formerly professor of literature at the University of Warsaw, left Poland for the United States in 1966. He has taught at Yale, the University of California at Berkeley, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as overseas in Japan, at the Catholic University at Louvain in Belgium, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1964 he received the Herder Award in Vienna, and in 1984 the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. His other books include The Theater of EssenceThe Bottom TranslationThe Eating of the Gods, and Four Decades of Polish Essays (editor), all published by Northwestern University Press.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Dramaturge3
A Lesson in Directing8
Simulators12
The Voice of Cassandra: On Stempowski17
Lec and His Aphorisms26
On Gombrowicz and Schulz29
Kantor's Kaddish43
Kantor, Memory, Memoire (1915-90)49
Mrozek's Emigres56
Grotowski, or The Limit61
A Short Treatise on Eroticism71
Aloe76
A Short Treatise on Dying78
The Sexual Triangle85
In the Kitchen of a Shamaness94
The Heart Attack99
The Memory of the Body113
Gilgamesh or Mortality123
Index151

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