By David Krasner
Overlaying the interval 1879 to 1959, and taking in every thing from Ibsen to Beckett, this ebook is quantity one in every of a two-part finished exam of the performs, dramatists, and hobbies that contain glossy global drama.* includes unique research of performs and playwrights, connecting issues and supplying unique interpretations* contains assurance of non-English works and traditions to create a world view of contemporary drama* Considers the impact of modernism in artwork, track, literature, structure, society, and politics at the formation of contemporary dramatic literature* Takes an interpretative and analytical method of glossy dramatic texts instead of targeting creation historical past* comprises assurance of the ways that staging practices, layout strategies, and performing types knowledgeable the development of the dramas
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In an 1834 letter to his bride, Büchner wrote: “I have been studying the history of the [French] Revolution. I have felt myself as if crushed beneath the fatalism of history. I find in human nature a terrifying uniformity, in human relationships an inexorable force, shared by everyone and no one. The individual is merely foam on a wave, greatness mere chance, the mastery of genius a puppet play, a ridiculous struggle against a rigid law. I will no longer bow down to the bigwigs and bystanders of history.
Danton’s sickening sense of the revolution’s futility and violence begins the play; it is as if Danton cannot explain his own response to this brutal state of violence, expressing an inchoate condition that accurately reflects the situation itself. Danton struggles to peer into our open skulls, only to find blood and brain-matter but no soul or deepened knowledge. Danton’s words are pell-mell, scraping and random yet always preserving the poetry of his cynicism: “I’m disgusted with it all; why must men fight one another?
Avant-gardism stands for an image of the future that breaks decisively with human continuity. It is contemptuous of progress and the durability of civilization, situating instead the inchoate, serendipitous, and non-linear at the center of creation. ”82 Many modern movements occurring in this period were really short-lived breakthroughs appearing abruptly and disappearing hastily; their influences were absorbed quickly into the large maw of modernism’s endless cycle of newness. Modernism adores the new, but quickly discards it when the gloss fades.
A History of Modern Drama by David Krasner