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A History of German Theatre


Maik Hamburger, Simon Williams, Eckehard Simon, George Brandt, Anthony Meech, Marvin Carlson, Hilda Meldrum Brown, Christopher Innes, David Barnett, S. E. Wilmer, William F. Condee, Thomas Irmer, Wilhelm Hortmann, Michael Raab, Erika Fischer-Lichte
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  • Date Published: March 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521175357

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  • Covering German-language theatre from the Middle Ages to the present day, this study demonstrates how and why theatre became so important in German-speaking countries. Written by leading international scholars of German theatre, chapters cover all aspects of theatrical performance, including acting, directing, play-writing, scenic design and theatre architecture. The book argues that theatre is more central to the artistic life of German-speaking countries than anywhere else in the world. Relating German-language theatre to its social and intellectual context, the History demonstrates how theatre has often been used as a political tool. It challenges the idea that German theatre was undeveloped in contrast to other European countries in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, provides a thematic survey of the crucial period of growth in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and discusses modern and contemporary German theatre by focusing in turn on the directors, playwrights, designers and theatre architecture.

    • Covers all major periods of German theatre, providing a thorough and accessible overview of its complex history
    • Introduces the work of all key figures - playwrights, directors and actors
    • Discusses the political aspects of German theatre, relating the theatre to its social and cultural context
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    • Date Published: March 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521175357
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Maik Hamburger and Simon Williams
    1. German Medieval theatre, c.10–600 Eckehard Simon
    2. German Baroque theatre and the Wandering Players, 1500–1750 George Brandt
    3. Classical theatre and the formation of a civil society, 1720–1832 Anthony Meech
    4. The Realistic theatre and bourgeois values, 1750–1900 Marvin Carlson
    5. The Romantic spirit in German theatre, 1790–1910 Simon Williams
    6. The theatre of dissent from Sturm und Drang to Brecht, 1770–1920 Hilda Meldrum Brown
    7. The rise of the director, 1850–1939 Christopher Innes
    8. Naturalism, Expressionism and Brecht: drama in dialogue with modernity, 1890–1960 David Barnett
    9. Nationalism and its uses in the German theatre, 1790–2000 S. E. Wilmer
    10. The space of the German theatre William F. Condee with Thomas Irmer
    11. Revolutions in scenography in the twentieth century Wilhelm Hortmann
    12. Playwriting in the contemporary German theatre: representation and its discontents, 1960–2006 David Barnett
    13. Directors and actors in the contemporary German theatre, 1945–2006 Michael Raab
    14. Patterns in the German theatre: from Goethe to the present day Erika Fischer-Lichte
    15. Theater-Treffen 2007 Maik Hamburger and Simon Williams.

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    Simon Williams, University of California, Santa Barbara

    Maik Hamburger


    Maik Hamburger, Simon Williams, Eckehard Simon, George Brandt, Anthony Meech, Marvin Carlson, Hilda Meldrum Brown, Christopher Innes, David Barnett, S. E. Wilmer, William F. Condee, Thomas Irmer, Wilhelm Hortmann, Michael Raab, Erika Fischer-Lichte

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