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"Extremely well written, and exceedingly well informed, this is a work that opens a variety of important questions in sophisticated and theoretically nuanced ways. It is hard to imagine a better tour guide than Fuchs for a trip through the last thirty years of, as she puts it, what we used to call the 'avant-garde.'" --Essays in Theatre

"... an insightful set of theoretical 'takes' on how to think about theatre before and theatre after modernism." --Theatre Journal

"In short, for those who never experienced a 'postmodern swoon,' Elinor Fuchs is an excellent informant." --Performing Arts Journal

"... a thoughtful, highly readable contribution to the evolving literature on theatre and postmodernism." --Modern Drama

"A work of bold theoretical ambition and exceptional critical intelligence.... Fuchs combines mastery of contemporary cultural theory with a long and full participation in American theater culture: the result is a long-needed, long-awaited elaboration of a new theatrical paradigm." --Una Chaudhuri, New York University

"What makes this book exceptional is Fuchs' acute rehearsal of the stranger unnerving events of the last generation that have--in the cross-reflections of theory--determined our thinking about theater. She seems to have seen and absorbed them all." --Herbert Blau, Center for Twentieth Century Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

"Surveying the extraordinary scene of the postmodern American theater, Fuchs boldly frames key issues of subjectivity and performance with the keenest of critical eyes for the compelling image and the telling gesture." --Joseph Roach, Tulane University

"... Fuchs makes an exceptionally lucid and eloquent case for the value and contradictions in postmodern theater." --Alice Rayner, Stanford University

"Arguably the most accessible yet learned road map to what remains for many impenetrable territory...an obligatory addition to all academic libraries serving upper-division undertgraduates and above." --Choice

"A systematic, comprehensive and historically-minded assessment of what, precisely, 'post-modern theatre' is, anyway." --American Theatre

In this engrossing study, Elinor Fuchs explores the multiple worlds of theater after modernism. While The Death of Character engages contemporary cultural and aesthetic theory, Elinor Fuchs always speaks as an active theater critic. Nine of her Village Voice and American Theatre essays conclude the volume. They give an immediate, vivid account of contemporary theater and theatrical culture written from the front of rapid cultural change.

Synopsis:

In this engrossing study, Elinor Fuchs explores the multiple worlds of theater after modernism. While the volume engages contemporary cultural and aesthetic theory, the author speaks always as an active critic, grounding her far-reaching explorations in the immediacy of theatrical performance. It concludes with nine of her Village Voice and American Theatre essays.

Synopsis:

In this engrossing study, Elinor Fuchs explores the multiple worlds of theater after modernism. She begins with the decline of character, once the central link between the artist and the spectator. In theatrical modernism Fuchs sees a series of strategies to compensate for this decline. Postmodern theater no longer greets the demotion of character with anxiety, despair, or satisfaction--as in Pirandello, Beckett, or Brecht--but puts in its stead a multiple subject, a protean spectator, and a dispersed field of attention.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 199-217) and index.

About the Author

ELINOR FUCHS, a New York theater critic noted for her writing on contemporary experimental theater, is on the faculty of the School of the Arts at Columbia University and is Lecturer at the Yale School of Drama. She has also taught at Harvard University, New York University, and Emory University. She is editor of Plays of the Holocaust: An International Anthology, and co-author (with Joyce Antler) of the documentary play Year One of the Empire. Her essays have appeared in such publications as American Theatre, The Drama Review, Modern Drama, Theater, and Performing Arts Journal. She has been a contributor to The Village Voice since 1982.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part I: Modern Retrospect

1. Character: Its Rise and Fall

2. The Mysterium and the Re-Allegorization of Modern Drama

3. Reading Against the Grain

Part II: Theater After Modernism

4. Signalling Through the Signs: Thinking Theater After Derrida

5. Play as Landscape: Another Version of Pastoral

6. Staging the Obscene Body

7. Theater as Shopping

8. Postmodernism and the "Scene" of Theater

Reviews and Articles 1979-1993: Accounts of an Emerging Aesthetic

1979 Des McAnuff's Leave it to Beaver is Dead

Richard Schechner's The Balcony

1982 Andrei Serban's The Marriage of Figaro

1983 The Death of Character

1985 Peter Sellars's The Count of Monte Cristo

1986 Robert Wilson's Alcestis

1988 Elizabeth LeCompte and The Wooster Group's Frank Dell's The Temptation of Saint Antony

1989 Misunderstanding Postmodernism: Joanne Akalaitis's Cymbeline

1993 The AIDS Quilt and The Performance of Mourning

Product Details

ISBN:
9780253210081
Author:
Fuchs, Elinor
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Location:
Bloomington, IN
Subject:
Theater
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Experimental drama
Subject:
Experimental theater
Subject:
Experimental drama -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Theater -- United States -- Reviews.
Subject:
Drama -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Performance Studies; Cinema; Criticism; Europe; Literature and Literary Studies; Media; Theatre and Drama
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
Drama and Performance Studies
Series Volume:
38-5A
Publication Date:
19960731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.26 x 6.15 x 0.66 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this engrossing study, Elinor Fuchs explores the multiple worlds of theater after modernism. While the volume engages contemporary cultural and aesthetic theory, the author speaks always as an active critic, grounding her far-reaching explorations in the immediacy of theatrical performance. It concludes with nine of her Village Voice and American Theatre essays.
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In this engrossing study, Elinor Fuchs explores the multiple worlds of theater after modernism. She begins with the decline of character, once the central link between the artist and the spectator. In theatrical modernism Fuchs sees a series of strategies to compensate for this decline. Postmodern theater no longer greets the demotion of character with anxiety, despair, or satisfaction--as in Pirandello, Beckett, or Brecht--but puts in its stead a multiple subject, a protean spectator, and a dispersed field of attention.
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