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Jean Genet by David Bradby
Book Description'This volume is a gem. Written by two experts in modern French theater, whose stated objective is to render the complexity of Genet's work exhilarating rather than intimidating, the book bears witness to the continued political relevance and artistic power of one of the most controversial and influential authors of the 20th century.' - CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title for 2012 Jean Genet's significance within twentieth-century theatre has long been understated. This timely book, the only introductory text in English to Genet's plays in production, presents an overview of an influential and controversial writer whose work prefigured many recent postmodern and post-colonial developments in theatre and performance studies. The volume offers philosophical, historical, political and aesthetic readings of Genet's plays in order to render the complexity of his theatre exhilarating, rather than intimidating. It goes on to explore ways in which different directors, designers and actors have approached his writing. A spectrum of productions spanning 60 years, from 1947 to 2007, illustrates the sheer range of theatrical styles that Genet's texts inspire. Reflecting on his early life and later political activism as well as the key plays, David Bradby and Clare Finburgh provide a comprehensive discussion of a playwright and theorist whose work caused riots in France, and whose writing represents a unique synthesis of life and art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415375061
(198mm x 129mm x 13mm)
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Bradby
Politics of Alternative Theatre in Britain, 1968-1990, Paperback (December 2006)
Examination of one of the most influential modern theatre companies, 7:84 (Scotland), under the directorship of John McGrath.
Chinese Theatre and the Actor in Performance, Paperback (December 2006)
This work gives an 'inside' view of Chinese theatre and the actor in performance.
Staging the Holocaust, Paperback (December 2006)
This book considers Holocaust plays 'in performance' and the legitimacy of presenting the Holocaust on the stage.
Strategies of Political Theatre, Paperback (November 2006)» View all books by David Bradby
Provides theoretical framework for important play-writing in Britain in the second half of the twentieth century.
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Author Biography - David Bradby
David Bradby was Emeritus Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway. He was the UK's leading specialist in modern French theatre, writing several seminal works on the subject, including Le Theatre en France (2007) and Modern French Drama (1984, 1991). He was also a prolific translator of French dramatists, including Michel Vinaver and Bernard-Marie Koltes. Clare Finburgh is Senior Lecturer in Modern Drama at the University of Essex. She has co-edited Genet: Performance and Politics (with Carl Lavery and Maria Shevtsova, 2006) and Contemporary French Theatre and Performance (with Carl Lavery, 2011). She has published many articles on Genet, and a range of contemporary French and Francophone theatre-makers including Valere Novarina, Noelle Renaude and Kateb Yacine.
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