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Against theatre: creative destructions on the modernist stage

Against theatre: creative destructions on the modernist stage

Puchner, Martin, 1969-; Ackerman, Alan L. (Alan Louis)

Against Theatre shows that the most prominent writers of modern drama shared a radical rejection of the theatre as they knew it. Together with designers, composers and film makers, they plotted to destroy all existing theatres. But from their destruction emerged the most astonishing innovations of modernist theatre

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Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007
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Statement of responsibility: edited by Alan Ackerman and Martin Puchner
ISBN: 0230289088, 9780230289086, 9780230537453
Note: Originally published: 2006.
Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Physical Description: xii, 259 p.
Series: Performance interventions
Subject: Experimental drama 20th century History and criticism.; Modernism (Literature); Experimental theater.; Theater Philosophy.
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: Performance interventions
Other formats: Also available in printed form.


  1. List of Illustrations Acknowledgements Note on the Contributors Introduction: Modernism and Anti-Theatricality
  2. A.Ackerman & M.Puchner PART I: FRAMES Avant-Garde Scenography and the Frames of the Theatre
  3. A.Aronson Clown Shows: Antitheatrical Theatricalism in Four Twentieth Century Plays
  4. E.Fuchs Anti-Theatricality in Twentieth-Century Opera
  5. H.Lindenberger 'All the Frame's a Stage': (Anti-)Theatricality and Cinematic Modernism
  6. C.Keil PART II: MATERIALS Anti-Theatricality and the Limits of Naturalism
  7. K.Williams Deploying/Destroying the Primitivist Body in Hurston and Brecht
  8. E.Diamond John Cage's Living Theatre
  9. M.Perloff Mallarmé, Maeterlinck and the Symbolist Via Negativa of Theatre
  10. P.McGuinness PART III: VALUES Narrative Theatricality: Joseph Conrad's Drama of the Page
  11. R.L.Walkowitz The Curse of Legitimacy
  12. D.Savran Performing Obscene Modernism: Theatrical Censorship and the Making of Modern Drama
  13. J.S.Peters Seeming, Seeming: the Illusion of Enough
  14. H.Blau Index