Strindberg and Modernist Theatre
Post-inferno Drama on the Stage
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Strindberg and Modernist Theatre by Frederick J. Marker
Book DescriptionDespite the profound influence exerted by August Strindberg on the development of modernist theatre and drama, the myth persisted that his plays - particularly such later works as A Dream Play, To Damascus, and The Ghost Sonata - are somehow 'unperformable'. Nothing could be farther from the truth, as this book sets out to demonstrate by providing a detailed performance analysis of the major works created after the period of personal crisis which Strindberg called his Inferno. Ranging from the early productions of Max Reinhardt and Olof Molander to the reinterpretations of Robert Lepage, Robert Wilson and Ingmar Bergman in our own day, this study explores the crucial impact that this writer's allusive (and elusive) method of playwriting has had on the changing nature of the theatrical experience. Each chapter ends with a section devoted to innovative Strindberg performances on the contemporary stage.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521039390
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Frederick J. Marker
History of Scandinavian Theatre, Paperback (November 2006)
A balanced and authoritative account of the theatrical history of all three Scandinavian countries.
Ibsen's Lively Art, Paperback (February 2005)
Ibsen's Lively Art explores key stage productions and clusters of productions in detail.
Strindberg and Modernist Theatre, Hardback (November 2002)
This book offers an analysis of Strindberg's major expressionist works in performance.
Ingmar Bergman, Paperback (October 1992)» View all books by Frederick J. Marker
This book is a revised and expanded version of Ingmar Bergman: Four Decades in the Theatre, by the same authors.
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Author Biography - Frederick J. Marker
Frederick J. Marker is Professor Emeritus of English and Drama, University of Toronto. Lise-Lone Marker is Professor Emeritus of Theatrical History, University of Toronto. The Markers have published a wide range of books that include A History of Scandinavian Theatre (1996), Ingmar Bergman: A Life in the Theatre, (1992), Ibsen's Lively Art (1989), Ingmar Bergman: Four Decades in the Theatre (1982) Edward Gordon Craig and 'The Pretenders '(1981), and others. Frederick Marker's other books include studies of Hans Andersen, Kjeld Abell, and several editions and translations. Lise-Lone Marker is the author of David Belasco: Naturalism in the American Theatre and many articles and chapters on subjects ranging from Elizabethan acting to Swedish cinema.
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