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Transnational Theatre Histories

Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War

Editors: Balme, Christopher B., Szymanski-Düll, Berenika (Eds.)

  • Offers a multi-faceted new way of understanding Cold War theatre through a transnational lens
  • Takes a multi-disciplinary approach to analysing international relations during the Cold War
  • Draws on exclusive archival sources to further investigate this fascinating topic
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About this book

This book examines how the Cold War had a far-reaching impact on theatre by presenting a range of current scholarship on the topic from scholars from a dozen countries. They represent in turn a variety of perspectives, methodologies and theatrical genres, including not only Bertolt Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook, but also Polish folk-dancing, documentary theatre and opera production. The contributions demonstrate that there was much more at stake and a much larger investment of ideological and economic capital than a simple dichotomy between East versus West or socialism versus capitalism might suggest. Culture, and theatrical culture in particular with its high degree of representational power, was recognized as an important medium in the ideological struggles that characterize this epoch. Most importantly, the volume explores how theatre can be reconceptualized in terms of transnational or even global processes which, it will be argued, were an integral part of Cold War rivalries.

About the authors

Christopher Balme holds the Chair in Theatre Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. His current research interests focus on the legacy of modernism in the globalization of the arts; theatre and the public sphere; and the relationship between media and performance. He is director of the Global Theatre Histories project.

Berenika Szymanski-Düll is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany. Her current research interests include international touring theatre in the 19th century, theatre and migration and Performance Art in Eastern Europe during the Cold War. She is an associate of the Global Theatre Histories research project. 

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Theatre, Globalization, and the Cold War brings together a diverse group of scholars to broaden examples and ultimately understandings of the role of theatrical culture during the Cold War. The transnational focus of this collection places more familiar sites alongside less studied ‘battlefields,’ in order to consider the many ways that power was contested in and through performance.” (Kate Elswit, author of “Watching Weimar Dance”)

Table of contents (18 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Balme, Christopher B. (et al.)

    Pages 1-22

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  • A Cold War Battleground: Catfish Row versus the Nevsky Prospekt

    Canning, Charlotte M.

    Pages 25-43

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  • Spirituals, Serfs, and Soviets: Paul Robeson and International Race Policy in the Soviet Union at the Start of the Cold War

    Silsby, Christopher

    Pages 45-57

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  • The Politics of an International Reputation: The Berliner Ensemble as a GDR Theatre on Tour

    Barnett, David

    Pages 59-71

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  • ‘A tour to the West could bring a lot of trouble…’—The Mazowsze State Folk Song and Dance Ensemble during the First Period of the Cold War

    Szymanski-Düll, Berenika

    Pages 73-85

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eBook 83,29 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48084-8
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  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover 106,99 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-48083-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatre, Globalization and the Cold War
Editors
  • Christopher B. Balme
  • Berenika Szymanski-Düll
Series Title
Transnational Theatre Histories
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-48084-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-48084-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-48083-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 350
Number of Illustrations and Tables
4 b/w illustrations
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