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By David Krasner
Protecting the interval 1879 to 1959, and taking in every thing from Ibsen to Beckett, this publication is quantity considered one of a two-part complete exam of the performs, dramatists, and activities that include glossy global drama.Contains particular research of performs and playwrights, connecting issues and supplying unique interpretationsIncludes assurance of non-English works and traditions to create an international view of recent dramaConsiders the impact of modernism in artwork, tune, literature, structure, society, and politics at the formation of contemporary dramatic literatureTakes an interpretative and analytical method of glossy dramatic texts instead of targeting construction historyIncludes assurance of the ways that staging practices, layout techniques, and performing kinds expert the development of the dramas
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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. Trauma and modernism are interlocking categories, and these three playwrights understood the connection.
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A History of Modern Drama, Volume 1 by David Krasner