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German Expressionist Theatre
The Actor and the Stage

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  • Date Published: December 2006
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521035224

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  • German Expressionist Theatre: The Actor and the Stage considers the powerfully stylized, anti-realistic styles of acting on the German Expressionist stage from 1916 to 1921. It relates this striking departure from the dominant European acting tradition of realism to the specific cultural crises that enveloped the German nation during the course of its involvement in World War I. This book describes three distinct Expressionist acting styles, all of which in their own ways attempted to show how symbolic stage performance could be a powerful rhetorical resource for a culture struggling to come to terms with the crises of historical change. The examination of Expressionist script and actor memoirs allows for an unprecedented focus on description and analysis of acting itself.

    • Examines German Expressionist theatre from a performance point of view
    • Contains previously untranslated portions of Expressionist scripts and actor memoirs
    • Looks in detail at key works and productions
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    • Date Published: December 2006
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521035224
    • length: 324 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.491kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    1. Abstraction and empathy: the philosophical background in the socio-economic foreground
    2. The poetics of Expressionist performance: contemporary models and sources
    3. Schrei ecstatic performance
    4. An 'Expressionist solution to the problem of theatre': Geist abstraction in performance
    5. Late Expressionist performance in Berlin: the Emblematic mode
    Concluding observations
    Notes
    Select bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    David F. Kuhns, Geneva College, Pennsylvania

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