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Palgrave Macmillan

Politics and Theatre in Twentieth-Century Europe

Imagination and Resistance

ISBN 9781137374691
Publication Date December 2013
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Critical Political Theory and Radical Practice

By examining four playwrights – George Bernard Shaw, Bertolt Brecht, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Eugene Ionesco – Politics and Theatre in Twentieth-Century Europe looks at how political theatre has unraveled in the modern era due to the 'art of separation,' wherein political concerns have been removed from the realm of theatre. When political theorists often discuss theatre, they do so mainly within the confines of ancient Greek playwrights, overlooking the salient and meaningful political discourse within more contemporary literature. Focusing squarely on the political elements of Shaw, Brecht, Sarte, and Ionesco, Morgan reintroduces political discourse into discussions of theatre - linking playwright to political philosopher, and their literature to the greater field of political discourse.

Margot Morgan is Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Southeast, USA. She currently serves as Book Review Managing Editor for Perspectives on Politics, a flagship journal of the American Political Science Association.

1. Introduction: Political Theatre as Political Theory
2. George Bernard Shaw: The Theatre of Bourgeois Radicalism
3. Bertolt Brecht: The Theatre of Proletarian Revolution
4. Jean-Paul Sartre: The Theatre of Situations
5. Eugène Ionesco: The Theatre of the Absurd
6. Conclusion: Political Theatre as Political Practice

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