Scandal on Stage: European Theater as Moral Trial [NOOK Book]

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New plays and operas have often tried to upset the status quo or disturb the assumptions of theatre audiences. Yet, as this study explores, the reactions of the audience or of the authorities are often more extreme than the creators had envisaged, to include outrage, riots, protests or censorship. Scandal on Stage looks at ten famous theater scandals of the past two centuries in Germany and France as symptoms of contemporary social, political, ethical, and aesthetic upheavals. The writers and composers concerned,...
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Overview

New plays and operas have often tried to upset the status quo or disturb the assumptions of theatre audiences. Yet, as this study explores, the reactions of the audience or of the authorities are often more extreme than the creators had envisaged, to include outrage, riots, protests or censorship. Scandal on Stage looks at ten famous theater scandals of the past two centuries in Germany and France as symptoms of contemporary social, political, ethical, and aesthetic upheavals. The writers and composers concerned, including Schiller, Stravinsky, Strauss, Brecht and Weil, portrayed new artistic and ideological ideas that came into conflict with the expectations of their audiences. In a comparative perspective, Theodore Ziolkowski shows how theatrical scandals reflect or challenge cultural and ethical assumptions and asks whether theatre can still be, as Schiller wrote, a moral institution: one that successfully makes its audience think differently about social, political and ethical questions.
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"His cherry-picking of legendary scandals (including operas) allows him to support his and Schiller's thesis without too many unhelpful digressions from the notion that the stage exists as a moral institution in which art is provocation and in which scandal, as defined here, is a clash between artist and audience over aesthetics and/or ethics. Beginning with Schiller's Die Räuber and Victor Hugo's Hernani and including works by Alfred Jarry, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Schnitzler, Bertolt Brecht, Igor Stravinsky, Rolf Hochhuth, and others, Ziolkowski establishes the sticking points of each scandal and illuminates the sociopolitical and/or aesthetic changes emerging from each...Highly recommended"
-J. Fisher, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Choice Reviews Online
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780511699603
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 888 KB

Meet the Author

Theodore Ziolkowski is Class of 1900 Professor (Emeritus) of German and Comparative Literature at Princeton University.

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Table of Contents

Preface viii

1 Introduction 1

Scandal as a non-event? 1

Art as provocation? 5

Freedom of art? 8

What is scandal? 11

A moral institution? 14

2 Overtures 18

The morality of robbers (Schiller's Die Räuber) 18

The battle of Hernani (Hugo's Hernani) 27

3 Scanning the surface 37

The drama of schnaps and forceps (Hauptmann's Vor Sonnenaufgang) 38

The drama of the Savage God (Jarry's Ubu Roi) 48

4 Sounding the depths 59

Femme de siécle (Wilde/Strauss's Salome) 59

Spring massacre (Stravinsky's Le Sacre du printemps) 73

5 Diagnosing the present 85

Dancing toward the abyss (Schnitzler's Reigen) 85

Trouble in Mahagonny (Brecht/Weill's Aufstieg und Fall der Stadt Mahagonny) 99

6 Overcoming the past 113

Defrocking the deputy (Hochhuth's Der Stellvertreter) 113

The wreck of the Medusa (Henze's Das Floss der Medusa) 124

7 Conclusion 133

Notes 142

Bibliography 174

Index 184

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