Dramas of the Past on the Twentieth-Century Stage: In by Alexander Feldman

By Alexander Feldman

This e-book defines and exemplifies an enormous style of contemporary dramatic writing, termed historiographic metatheatre, within which self-reflexive engagements with the traditions and varieties of dramatic paintings light up historic issues and reduction within the illustration of historic occasions and, in doing so, formulates a style. Historiographic metatheatre has been, and is still, a seminal mode of political engagement and ideological critique within the modern dramatic canon. finding its key texts in the traditions of old drama, self-reflexivity in ecu theatre, debates within the politics and aesthetics of postmodernism, and currents in modern historiography, this booklet presents a brand new severe idiom for discussing the main works of the style and others that make the most of its options. Feldman experiences landmarks within the theatre historical past of postwar Britain via Weiss, Stoppard, Brenton, Wertenbaker and others, targeting eu progressive politics, the historiography of the realm Wars and the consequences of British colonialism. The playwrights into consideration all use the gadget of the play-within-the-play to discover buildings of nationhood and of Britishness, specifically. these performs played in the framing works are produced in areas of exile the place, Feldman argues, the marginalized negotiate the phrases of nationwide id via performance.

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