Synopses & Reviews
Using extensive and untapped archival material as well as a series of in-depth interviews with Fassbinder's main theatre associates, this book offers commentary on and insights into Fassbinder's plays, his dramaturgies and staging practice. David Barnett helps to unlock the much-discussed theatricality of Fassbinder's films by showing its many concrete sources. As the first study of Fassbinder's work in the theatre, as a playwright and director, this book presents full contextualization of his work within the upheavals of its times. Readers are introduced to the cultural history of the West German theatre in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"Barnett brings to this project the expertise of a scholar of contemporary German drama and theater history. His analysis of Fassbinder's work in different areas of the theater--as a stage actor, director and playwright--is informed by extensive archival research on the plays and the original productions as well as twenty interviews with central actors, ensemble members, and theater critics who followed his career." - Cynthia Walk, University of California, San Diego
David Barnett helps to unlock the much discussed theatricality of Fassbinder's films by showing its many concrete sources.
About the Author
David Barnett is Lecturer in Drama Studies at University College Dublin. He is the author of Literature Versus Theatre, a study of the later plays of Heiner Muller in performance (1998). He has also published widely on contemporary German drama, metatheatre and postdramatic theatre.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The roots of the antiteater; 2. 1969 and all that; 3. Beyond Bavaria; 4. The big time; 5. Post Frankfurt, post mortem; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.