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Author Bennett, Michael Y., 1980-

Title Narrating the past through theatre : four crucial texts / by Michael Y. Bennett
Published Basingstoke : Palgrave, 2012


Description 1 online resource (108 pages)
Series Palgrave pivot
Palgrave pivot.
Contents Introduction: Translating History's Narratives on the Modern Stage -- Danton's Memory: Structural Impossibilities in Buchner's "Danton's Death" -- Salome's Tale Jokanaan's Telling Wilde's Retelling: Historical Relativity and (Un)specificity in Wilde's "Salome" -- Galileo's Narrative: Translating 'Conditions' in Brecht's "Life of Galileo."
Summary This cutting-edge Palgrave Pivot title explores how narrating the past through theatre both conflicts and creates an interesting relationship with drama's continuing present that arcs towards an unpredictable future. Examining three influential historical adaptations that span the time frame of modern drama (from the 'first' modern play to the cusp of WWII) -- Georg Buchner's "Danton's Death", Oscar Wilde's "Salome", and Bertolt Brecht's "Life of Galileo"--This book delves into modern drama's sense and perception of time and its effect upon both the present and the future. Theatre both brings the past alive and also fixes it, but through the performance process (i.e., through the choices the director and actors make), allowing the past to be molded for future (not-yet-existent) audiences. Translated to the stage, the tense of the past (in a historical adaptation), then, is always (in both the present and the future): both in its limitation to a strict time and place and in its timelessness
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT Büchner, Georg, 1813-1837. Dantons Tod. English.
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. Salomé.
Brecht, Bertolt, 1898-1956. Leben des Galilei. English.
Dantons Tod (Büchner, Georg) fast (OCoLC)fst01358998
Leben des Galilei (Brecht, Bertolt) fast (OCoLC)fst01356046
Salomé (Wilde, Oscar) fast (OCoLC)fst01358906
Subject European drama -- 19th century -- History and criticism
European drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism
Theatre studies -- Modern period, c 1500 onwards.
Performing Arts.
European drama.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781137275417