National Theatres in a Changing Europe

National Theatres in a Changing Europe

by S. Wilmer (Editor)

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This new collection of essays addresses the historic and contemporary roles of National Theatres in Europe (such as those in London, Paris, Helsinki and Moscow) and the changing artistic, social, political and economic circumstances that have created a crisis for their position as cultural flagships today. Leading international theatre scholars including Marvin Carlson, Laurence Senelick, Loren Kruger, Willmar Sauter, Bruce McConachie and Thomas Irmer examine National Theatres throughout Europe, analyzing their structures and roles in society, and illuminating the problems that they are currently facing. Edgaras Klivis, Barbara Susec Michieli and Kalina Stefanova provide surprising perspectives on Baltic, Balkan and Eastern European countries, in the aftermath of recent political and cultural transitions. Dragan Klaic, from Serbia and the Netherlands, proposes a novel approach to National Theatre repertories, and Michael Coveney and Janelle Reinelt reflect on the practices of the National Theatre in London and on the implications of the newly created National Theatre of Scotland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349356102
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Studies in International Performance
Edition description: 1st ed. 2008
Pages: 275
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

MARVIN CARLSON is Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, USA
MICHAEL COVENEY is a London theatre critic
PATRICIA GABORIK is a teacher and translator in Rome, Italy
RIKARD HOOGLAND teaches and researches at the Department of Theatre Studies, Stockholm University, Sweden
THOMAS IRMER teaches at the Freie Universität Berlin, John F. Kennedy Institut, Germany
DRAGAN KLAIC teaches arts and cultural policies at Leiden University, Netherlands
EDGARAS KLIVIS is a lecturer at Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas, Lithuania
PIRKKO KOSKI is Professor at the Department of Theatre Research in the Institute of Art Research at the University of Helsinki, Finland
LOREN KRUGER teaches at the University of Chicago, USA
BEN LEVITAS is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK
JULIA LISTENGARTEN is Associate Professor of Theatre and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Central Florida, USA
BRUCE MCCONACHIE is Professor and chair of Theatre Arts at the University of Pittsburgh, USA
FRANK PEETERS is Professor and head of department at the University of Antwerp, Belgium
JANELLE REINELT is Professor of Theatre and Performance at University of Warwick, UK
WILLMAR SAUTER is Professor of Theatre Studies at Stockholm University, Sweden
LAURENCE SENELICK is Fletcher Professor of Drama and Oratory at Tufts University, USA
KIRSTEN SHEPHERD-BARR is a University Lecturer in English and Modern Drama and tutorial fellow of St Catherine's College, University of Oxford, UK
KALINA STEFANOVA is Associate Professor at the National Academy of Theare and Film Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria
BARBARA SU EC-MICHIELI is Assistant Professor of Theatre History at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
DAVID WHITTON is Professor and Head of European Languages& Cultures at Lancaster University, UK

Table of Contents

Series Editors' Preface     ix
Editor's Preface     xi
Notes on Contributors     xii
Introduction   S.E. Wilmer     1
Background and Overview     7
The Development of National Theatres in Europe in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries   S.E. Wilmer     9
National Theatres: Then and Now   Marvin Carlson     21
The National Stage and the Naturalized House: (Trans)National Legitimation in Modern Europe   Loren Kruger     34
Towards a History of National Theatres in Europe   Bruce McConachie     49
Formation, Function, Language Issues and Ideological Control     61
A Window to the West: Russian Imperial Theatres   Julia Listengarten     63
The Abbey Opens: A First Night Revisited   Ben Levitas     73
Language Issues
The Development of Norway's National Theatres   Kirsten Shepherd-Barr     85
Justification as National Throughout Changing Times: The National Theatre of Finland   Pirkko Koski     99
Creating and Dismantling the National Theatre in Divided Belgium   Frank Peeters     111
Governmental and Ideological Control
National on Compulsion: The Moscow Art Theatre   Laurence Senelick     120
Italy: The Fancy of a National Theatre?   Patricia Gaborik     138
New Functions and Structures in a Changing Europe     151
Western Europe
Proliferation and Differentiation of National Theatres in France   David Whitton     153
A National Theatre Decentralized: Sweden's Three-and-a-half National Theatres   Rikard Hoogland   Willmar Sauter     164
Aspects of National Theatres in Germany after 1945   Thomas Irmer     173
The National Theatre and Civic Responsibility in the British Isles   Michael Coveney     180
Central and Eastern Europe
Bulgarian National Theatre 'Ivan Vazov': Traditionally Non-traditional   Kalina Stefanova     188
The Disappearing Balkans: National Theatres and Geopolitics   Barbara Susec Michieli     196
Inadequate Subsidy and a Market Economy in the Baltic Countries   Edgaras Klivis     204
Challenges for the Twenty-First Century     215
National Theatres Undermined by the Withering of the Nation-State   Dragan Klaic     217
The Role of National Theatres in an Age of Globalization   Janelle Reinelt     228
Select Bibliography of English Language Sources     239
Index     245

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