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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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraph
  2. pp. i-viii
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. xi-xiv
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-10
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  1. Part One
  1. CHAPTER ONE Aristotle's Defeat
  2. pp. 13-26
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  1. CHAPTER TWO Genre and Drama: The Historical and Theoretical Background
  2. pp. 27-54
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  1. Part Two
  1. CHAPTER THREE Brecht's Writing against Writing
  2. pp. 57-75
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  1. CHAPTER FOUR Brecht, Artaud, Wedekind, Eliot: The Absence of the Subject
  2. pp. 76-95
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  1. CHAPTER FIVE The Theater That Never Was: Georg Büchner and Drama as a Philosophical Experiment
  2. pp. 96-114
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  1. CHAPTER SIX Hofmannsthal's Theater of Adaptation
  2. pp. 115-135
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  1. CHAPTER SEVEN Diderot, Shaw, Beckett, and the Meaning of Plays
  2. pp. 136-167
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  1. CHAPTER EIGHT Performance and the Exposure of Hermeneutics
  2. pp. 168-192
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  1. CHAPTER NINE Robert Wilson and the Work as an Empty Wavelength for Its Own Public Discussion
  2. pp. 193-218
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  1. Conclusion
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Appendix. How Buchner Uses and Conceives of Thomas Paine (Payne) in Dantons Tod
  2. pp. 223-226
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 227-238
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781501720994
Related ISBN
9780801443091
MARC Record
OCLC
1080550540
Pages
260
Launched on MUSE
2019-01-02
Language
English
Open Access
No
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