Staging the Savage God: The Grotesque in Performance
Автор: Ralf Remshardt
Год издания: 2004Количество страниц: 304
Performing the grotesque is both a challenge to a cultures order and the affirmation of certain ethical principles that it recognizes as its own. Remshardt investigates the aesthetics and ideology of grotesque theatre from antiquityin works such as The Bacchae and Thyestesto modernityin Ubu Roi and Hamletmachineand opens up new critical possibilities for the analysis of both classical and avant-garde theatre. Divided into three sections, Staging the Savage God first interrogates the grotesque as primarily a visual artistic and theatricalmode and then inventories various critical approaches to the grotesque, establishing the outlines of a theory with regard to drama. In the most extensive part of the study, Remshardt shifts his emphasis to the theatre of the grotesque, from self-consuming tragedies and the modernist trope of the artificial human figure to the characterology of the grotesque. Remshardts conclusion takes bold steps towards unraveling the paradox inherent in the grotesque theatre.
Written in an engaging and frequently polemical style and aided by nine illustrations, Staging the Savage God is a comprehensive and rigorous study that incorporates critical approaches from disciplines such as philosophy, psychoanalysis, art history, literature, and theatre to fully investigate the historical function of the grotesque in performance.
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