Avant-Gardes in Performance

The Early Modern Theatre of Cruelty and its Doubles

Artaud and Influence

Authors: Di Ponio, Amanda

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  • Provides a comprehensive study of the cultural context that helped shape Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty
  • Looks at Artaud's central deployment of the plague as a contagious and dangerous force
  • Examines theatre after Artaud, with the understanding that the early modern context is integral to successful iterations of his theatre
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This book examines the influence of the early modern period on Antonin Artaud’s seminal work The Theatre and Its Double, arguing that Elizabethan and Jacobean drama and their early modern context are an integral part of the Theatre of Cruelty and essential to its very understanding. The chapters draw links between the early modern theatrical obsession with plague and regeneration, and how it is mirrored in Artaud’s concept of cruelty in the theatre. As a discussion of the influence of Shakespeare and his contemporaries on Artaud, and the reciprocal influence of Artaud on contemporary interpretations of early modern drama, this book is an original addition to both the fields of early modern theatre studies and modern drama.

About the authors

Amanda Di Ponio is Assistant Professor of English and Cultural Studies at Huron University College in London, Ontario, Canada. She completed her doctoral studies at the University of St Andrews. Her areas of interest include drama and performance, early modern social history, and twentieth-century theory.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Di Ponio, Amanda

    Pages 1-10

  • Interpreting Antonin Artaud’s Theatre of Cruelty

    Di Ponio, Amanda

    Pages 13-43

  • Theatre and Plague: The Doubly Potent Spectacles of Early Modern Culture

    Di Ponio, Amanda

    Pages 47-86

  • Bear-Baiting and the Theatre of Cruelty

    Di Ponio, Amanda

    Pages 87-117

  • Thyestean Savagery: Seneca, the Renaissance, and the Theatre of Cruelty

    Di Ponio, Amanda

    Pages 121-153

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92249-2
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  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $89.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-92248-5
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Early Modern Theatre of Cruelty and its Doubles
Book Subtitle
Artaud and Influence
Authors
Series Title
Avant-Gardes in Performance
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92249-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92249-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92248-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 270
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