Narrating the Past through Theatre

Four Crucial Texts

Authors: Bennett, M.

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This cutting-edge title explores how narrating the past both conflicts and creates an interesting relationship with drama's 'continuing present' that arcs towards an unpredictable future. Theatre both brings the past alive and also fixes it, but through the performance process, allowing the past to be molded for future (not-yet-existent) audiences.

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Michael Y. Bennett is Associate Professor of English and affiliated faculty in Philosophy at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, USA, where he teaches courses on modern drama. He is the author of: Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd (2011/2013); Words, Space, and the Audience (2012); Narrating the Past through Theatre (2012). He is the editor of Refiguring Oscar Wilde s Salome (2011) and the co-editor of Eugene O'Neill's One-Act Plays (2012). He is also Editor of The Edward Albee Review.

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'Narrating the Past through Theatre is a philosophical/literary discussion of how works of literature translate the past for the present and the future. It is a worthwhile discussion since the past as we know it at the beginning of the twenty-first century is unbearably burdensome unless we can somehow own it intellectually. Michael Y. Bennett's discussion of these texts is not polemical, but analytical, demonstrating the philosophical depths which drama must reach. These are all crucial moments in the intersection of time and culture. I find his reading simply the best thing I have ever read on Salome; the pace of fascinating insights is quite thrilling. I don't know of anyone who writes about drama quite like Bennett does. Perhaps Bert O. States would be a possible comparison. Both States and Bennett refuse to let philosophy or drama dominate the other. This book is solid intellectually, thoroughly researched, clearly and engagingly written, and will be a great success.' - Robert Combs, George Washington University, USA


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction: Modern Drama and the Translation of History’s Narratives

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 1-21

  • Danton’s Memory: Structural Impossibilities in Büchner’s Danton’s Death

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 22-36

  • Salome’s Tale—Iokanaan’s Telling—Wilde’s Retelling: Historical Relativity and (Un)specificity in Wilde’s Salome

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 37-57

  • Galileo’s Narrative: Translating History’s “Conditions” in Brecht’s Life of Galileo

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 58-73

  • Conclusion: For All Seasons—The Particulars and the Universals of Man in Bolt’s A Man for All Seasons

    Bennett, Michael Y.

    Pages 74-80

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Narrating the Past through Theatre
Book Subtitle
Four Crucial Texts
Authors
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27542-4
DOI
10.1057/9781137275424
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27541-7
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44616-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 89
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