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Memory of the Body: Essays on Theater & Death

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To see through the eyes of essayist and dramaturge Jan Kott is to gain in knowledge not just of the theater but also of human culture. Since his Shakespeare Our Contemporary appeared in English in 1964, Kott's work has altered--and strengthened--the way critics and the public approach the theater as a whole. The Memory of the Body highlights a number of dramatic personalities and personages: authors and directors Witkiewicz, Brecht, Kantor, Grotoswki, Ingmar Bergman, Wedekind; Tilly Newes on the stage in turn-of-the-century Vienna; the all-too-mortal, two-thirds divine Gilgamesh; and a shaman in rural Korea. In a style flecked with passion, poignancy, and wit, Kott moves beyond a mere discussion of theater to speak of eroticism, painting, love, and death.

About the Author

Jan Kott, formerly professor of literature at the University of Warsaw, left Poland for the United States in 1966. He has taught at Yale, the University of California at Berkeley, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, as well as overseas in Japan, at the Catholic University at Louvain in Belgium, and at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. In 1964 he received the Herder Award in Vienna, and in 1984 the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism. His other books include The Theater of EssenceThe Bottom TranslationThe Eating of the Gods, and Four Decades of Polish Essays (editor), all published by Northwestern University Press.

Table of Contents


Part I

The Dramaturge

A Lesson in Directing


The Voice of Cassandra: On Stempowski

Lec and His Aphorisms

On Bombrowicz and Schulz

Kantor's Kaddish

Kantor, Memory, Mémoire (1915-90)

Mrozek's Emigrés

Grotowski, or The Limit

Part II

A Short Treatise on Eroticism


A Short Treatise on Dying

The Sexual Triangle

In the Kitchen of a Shamaness

The Heart Attack

The Memory of the Body

Part III

Gilgamesh or Mortality


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Essays on Theater and Death
Vallee, Lillian; Kosicka, Jadwiga
Kosicka, Jadwiga
Vallee, Lillian
Kott, Jan
Northwestern University Press
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