The Dramatic Concepts of Antonin Artaud

The Dramatic Concepts of Antonin Artaud


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The Dramatic Concepts of Antonin Artaud by Eric Sellin

Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) conceived and inaugurated the Theater of Cruelty, a dramatic movement that has had a profound influence on the avant-garde theater in Europe and the United States. The movement is exemplified by the Peter Brook production of Marat/Sade. This book, the first to analyze Artaud's theories, their sources, and the extent to which he succeeded in implementing them in his own plays, is now available in a 2017 edition, readily accessible to scholars and interested fans of literary criticism and the modern theater worldwide.

The new edition adds a thoughtful Foreword by Professor Peter Thompson of Roger Williams University. Originally published by The University of Chicago Press, the book is brought to a new generation by Quid Pro Books, in modern paperback, hardcover, and digital editions.

"It is a vital, thoroughly documented theater arts document containing a truly comprehensive bibliography. The writer's manner is direct, his conclusions informative, and the scope of his analysis far exceeds any other work yet published on Artaud."

- Choice (in reviewing the first edition)

This sophisticated study remains essential reading for all scholars interested in modern French literature and the evolution of twentieth-century drama, for the many devotees of avant-garde theater, and for those who have felt puzzled by the superficiality of much contemporary drama.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610273718
Publisher: Quid Pro, LLC
Publication date: 02/03/2017
Pages: 180
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.38(d)

About the Author

ERIC SELLIN is Professor Emeritus of French at Tulane University. Previously, he taught French and Comparative Literature for twenty-eight years at Temple University. Sellin has also taught at Clark University and at the Universities of Pennsylvania, Bordeaux, Algiers, and Dakar. Sellin has authored several books and essays on a wide variety of topics, including comparative literature, art, and aesthetics. He has also published a dozen books and chapbooks of poetry in English and French.

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