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Stage Fright
Author: Martin Puchner

ISBN: 9781421403991
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 3 August 2011
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.5 x 1.6
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Grounded equally in discussions of theater history, literary genre, and theory, Martin Puchner's Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama explores the conflict between avant-garde theater and modernism. While the avant-garde celebrated all things theatrical, a dominant strain of modernism tended to define itself against the theater, valuing lyric poetry and the novel instead. Defenders of the theater dismiss modernism's aversion to the stage and its mimicking actors as one more form of the old "anti-theatrical" prejudice. But Puchner shows that modernism's ambivalence about the theater was shared even by playwrights and directors and thus was a productive force responsible for some of the greatest achievements in dramatic literature and theater.

A reaction to the aggressive theatricality of Wagner and his followers, the modernist backlash against the theater led to the peculiar genre of the closet drama-a theatrical piece intended to be read rather than staged-whose long-overlooked significance Puchner traces from the theatrical texts of Mallarme and Stein to the dramatic "Circe" chapter of Joyce's

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