Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama

Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama

by Martin Puchner

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781421403991
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 854,846
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Martin Puchner is a professor of English and comparative literature at Harvard University and author of The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy.

Table of Contents

Contents:

The Invention of Theatricality

Richard Wagner

The Modernist Closet DramaStephane Mallarme

James Joyce

Gertrude Stein

The Diegetic TheaterWilliam Butler Yeats

Bertolt Brecht

Samuel Beckett

What People are Saying About This

Barbara Johnson

This book gives the reader not only a brilliant study of modernist theater but also a superb demonstration of the theoretical productiveness of taking apparently opposed terms and considering them as parameters of a field of forces rather than as mutually exclusive alternatives of which only one can be chosen.

Barbara Johnson, Harvard University, author of The Critical Difference and A World of Difference

Joseph Roach

Puchner is razor-sharp theoretically. His argument brilliantly illuminates the relationship between and among the performance theorists of the historic avant-garde and a startling array of canonical authors whose careers in drama and especially closet drama proceed from a phobic distrust and even loathing of the theater. Stage Fright is the most exciting book in the field of modern drama that I have read in ten years.

Joseph Roach, Yale University

Joseph Roach

"Puchner is razor-sharp theoretically. His argument brilliantly illuminates the relationship between and among the performance theorists of the historic avant-garde and a startling array of canonical authors whose careers in drama and especially closet drama proceed from a phobic distrust and even loathing of the theater. Stage Fright is the most exciting book in the field of modern drama that I have read in ten years."

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