Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination

Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination

by Roger Bechtel
ISBN-10:
1611482577
ISBN-13:
9781611482577
Pub. Date:
08/01/2007
Publisher:
Bucknell University Press

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Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination

In this age of overweening global capital and omnipresent electronic media, many critics have diagnosed western culture as suffering from a kind of historical obliviousness, a mass inability to situate our lived experience within the temporal flow of past, present, and future that is history. Within this historically bankrupt culture, representations of history in whatever medium - cinema, television, print - most often become mere fashion, the quotation of past styles devoid of historical gravitas. Against this, Past Performance: American Theatre and the Historical Imagination argues that many contemporary American theatre and performance artists are not only developing innovative strategies for staging history but helping us reimagine our relationship with the past. Some of the plays and performances examined here include Suzan-Lori Park's Venus, Wendy McLeod's The House of Yes, the Wooster Group's production of Eugene O'Neill's The Empire Jones, and Robert Wilson's staging of Heiner Müller's Hamletmachine.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611482577
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Publication date: 08/01/2007
Pages: 287
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Roger Bechtel is director of graduate studies for the Department of Theatre at Miami University, Ohio.

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