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Overview

"Hans-Thies Lehmann's groundbreaking study of the new theatre forms that have developed since the late 1960s has become a key reference point in international discussions of contemporary theatre. Postdramatic Theatre refers to theatre after drama. Despite their diversity, the new forms and aesthetics that have evolved have one essential quality in common: they no longer focus on the dramatic text." "Lehmann offers a historical survey combined with a unique theoretical approach, illustrated by a wealth of practical examples, to guide the reader through this new theatre landscape. He considers these developments in relation to dramatic theory and theatre history, and as an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies and a historical shift from a text-based culture to a new media age of image and sound. Engaging with theoreticians of drama and theatre from Aristotle, Hegel, Szondi and Brecht to Barthes, Lyotard and Schechner, the book analyses the work of recent experimental theatre practitioners such as Robert Wilson, Tadeusz Kantor, Heiner Muller, The Wooster Group, Needcompany and Societas Raffaello Sanzio." This excellent translation is newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, including an introduction by Karen Jurs-Munby which provides useful theoretical and artistic contexts for the book.
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Editorial Reviews

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'This is a provocative, illuminating and stimulating book that will undoubtedly become as essential a text in English theatre scholarship as it already has in continental Europe.' – Marvin Carlson, Theatre Research International

'This groundbreaking study [is] an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies.' - International Theatre Informations

'This is an important book, already elbowing its way into the forefront of English-language critical discourse on theatre...'TDR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415268134
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 977,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans-Thies Lehmann is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His numerous publications include Theater und Mythos (1991) on the constitution of the subject in ancient Greek tragedy, Writing the Political (2002) and, with Patrick Primavesi, Heiner Müller Handbuch (2004).

Karen Jürs-Munby is Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at the University of Huddersfield.

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Table of Contents

Drama 29
Prehistories 46
Panorama of postdramatic theatre 68
Performance 134
Aspects : text - space - time - body - media 145
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