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By David Krasner

A heritage of recent Drama: Volume II explores a notable breadth of themes and analytical methods to the dramatic works, authors, and transitional occasions and pursuits that formed international drama from 1960 via to the sunrise of the hot millennium.

  • Features specified analyses of performs and playwrights, interpreting the impression of a variety of writers, from mainstream icons similar to Harold Pinter and Edward Albee, to extra unorthodox works by way of Peter Weiss and Sarah Kane
  • Provides worldwide assurance of either English and non-English dramas – together with works from Africa and Asia to the center East
  • Considers the effect of paintings, song, literature, structure, society, politics, tradition, and philosophy at the formation of postmodern dramatic literature
  • Combines wide-ranging subject matters with unique theories, overseas viewpoint, and philosophical and cultural context

Completes a accomplished two-part paintings analyzing smooth global drama, and along A historical past of recent Drama: Volume I, deals readers whole insurance of an entire century within the evolution of worldwide dramatic literature.

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If Ibsen and Strindberg’s characters burned with subjective intensity, fought idealistically for their political aims, and charged the ramparts of new dramatic forms, Chekhov was taciturn. With his subaqueous palette, Chekhov’s characters luxuriate in a kind of burned-out cosmic depression, the way one does after living on too much caffeine and dreams. But he, too, had a knack for being misunderstood and evoked initial confusion in critics and audiences. What they shared was an awareness of modernism’s shock – the psychic transformation from old world values to a new age of bourgeois consumerism and egalitarian social relations.

27). The orchestration of the Revolution and its bloody aftermath helped Büchner formulate his rejection of idealism, replaced by a deeply felt, Schopenhauerian fatalism. Robespierre is a perfect foil to Danton (who speaks for the playwright): he is Machiavellian – the end justifies the means – yet his repressed hostility is barely hidden from the surface. indd 23 8/11/2011 3:17:59 PM 24 A History of Modern Drama understanding of Revolutionary violence, harnessing it towards Jacobin ends. Büchner captures Robespierre’s brilliance as a politician and his sophisticated manipulation of revolutionary violence, demonstrating an impressive skill at diplomacy and orchestrating human behavior.

Ibsen, Strindberg, and Chekhov carried the banner of realism to its ascendancy, probing the falsehoods of bourgeois hegemony and drawing away the circumambience of deceit that permeated the middle class’s arrogant self-perception. The social struggles personified by the failure of the European Revolution of 1848 sparked the end of idealism as a progressive tool, giving way to realism’s icy, unsentimental observations. The breakthrough of realism, in fact, can be said to occur precisely during 1848, when the reality of the revolution’s demise provided the means for the dramas we associate with realism.

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