Memory of the Body: Essays on Theater and Death

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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.

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Kott, an emigre professor and Shakespeare scholar who came to the United States from Poland in 1966, regards the subjects of his essays from an atypical perspective of an outsider but also of an intellectual who carefully perceives and addresses the most significant questions. The first title is largely anecdotal and the second a scholarly treatment of Shakespeare with an emphasis on gender studies. In this latter work, Kott cites specific productions of Shakespeare's plays that serve to illuminate the text, including a splendid discussion on the various manifestations of the ghost of Hamlet's father. The common thread running through both volumes is the linkage between life, death, sex, and theater. Recommended for libraries that collect drama, East European studies, gender studies, or Shakespeare.-- Janice Braun, Oakland, Cal.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810110199
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1992
  • Pages: 153

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
The Dramaturge 3
A Lesson in Directing 8
Simulators 12
The Voice of Cassandra: On Stempowski 17
Lec and His Aphorisms 26
On Gombrowicz and Schulz 29
Kantor's Kaddish 43
Kantor, Memory, Memoire (1915-90) 49
Mrozek's Emigres 56
Grotowski, or The Limit 61
A Short Treatise on Eroticism 71
Aloe 76
A Short Treatise on Dying 78
The Sexual Triangle 85
In the Kitchen of a Shamaness 94
The Heart Attack 99
The Memory of the Body 113
Gilgamesh or Mortality 123
Index 151
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