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All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater

by Benjamin Bennett Cornell University Press
Pub Date:
12/2004
ISBN:
9780801443091
Format:
Hbk 260 pages
Price:
AU$124.00 NZ$127.83
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All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater is the first book to consider why, in the Western tradition (and only in the Western tradition), theatrical drama is regarded as its own literary or poetic type, when the criteria needed to differentiate drama from other forms of writing do not resemble the criteria by which types of prose or verse are ordinarily distinguished. Through close readings of such playwrights as Beckett, Brecht, Büchner, Eliot, Shaw, Wedekind, and Robert Wilson, Benjamin Bennett looks at the relationship between literature and drama, identifying typical problems in the development of dramatic literature and exploring how the uncomfortable association with theatrical performance affects the operation of drama in literary history.Bennett’s historical investigations into theoretical works ranging from Aristotle to Artaud, Brecht, and Diderot suggest that the attempt to include drama in the system of Western literature causes certain specific incongruities that, in his view, have the salutary effect of preserving the otherwise endangered possibility of a truly liberal, progressive, or revolutionary literature.
''Benjamin Bennett is a learned, original, and admirable scholarly critic, at once theoretical and splendidly Old Historical. He has very few living peers among students of German literature and of drama. All Theater Is Revolutionary Theater is a superb guide to the deep reading of Brecht, Buchner, Hofmannsthal, and others. It has changed many aspects of my own thinking about dramatic forms. -Harold Bloom''
Benjamin Bennett is Kenan Professor of German at the University of Virginia. His many books include Theater As Problem: Modern Drama and Its Place in Literature, Beyond Theory: Eighteenth-Century German Literature and the Poetics of Irony (both from Cornell), and Goethe as Woman: The Undoing of Literature. His first book, Modern Drama and German Classicism: Renaissance from Lessing to Brecht (also from Cornell), won the MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize.