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Postdramatic Theatre
Author(s) - Hans-Thies Lehmann

Newly adapted for the Anglophone reader, this is an excellent  
translation of Hans-Thies Lehmann’s groundbreaking study of the new  
theatre forms that have developed since the late 1960s, which has  
become a key reference point in international discussions of  
contemporary theatre.

In looking at the developments since the late 1960s, Lehmann  
considers them in relation to dramatic theory and theatre history, as  
an inventive response to the emergence of new technologies, and as an  
historical shift from a text-based culture to a new media age of  
image and sound.

Engaging with theoreticians of 'drama' from Aristotle and Brecht, to  
Barthes and Schechner, the book analyzes the work of recent  
experimental theatre practitioners such as Robert Wilson, Tadeusz  
Kantor, Heiner Müller, the Wooster Group, Needcompany and Societas  
Raffaello Sanzio.

Illustrated by a wealth of practical examples, and with an  
introduction by Karen Jürs-Munby providing useful theoretical and  
artistic contexts for the book, Postdramatic Theatre is an historical  
survey expertly combined with a unique theoretical approach which  
guides the reader through this new theatre landscape.

Table of contents:
Preface to the English Edition  1. Prologue  2. Drama  Drama and  
Theatre  Drama and Dialectic  3. Pre-histories  Towards a Prehistory  
of Postdramatic Theatre  A Short Look Back at the Historical Avant- 
gardes  4. Panorama of Postdramatic Theatre  Beyond Dramatic Action:  
Ceremony, Voices in Space, Landscape  Postdramatic Theatrical Signs   
Examples  5. Performance  Theatre and Performance  The Present of  
Performance  6. Aspects: Text - Space - Time - Body - Media  Text   
Space  Time  Body  Media  7. Epilogue  8. Afterword  Notes   
Bibliography  Index

About the Author:
Hans-Thies Lehmann is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Johann  
Wolfgang Goethe Universität, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. His numerous  
publications include Theater und Mythos (1991) on the constitution of  
the subject in ancient Greek tragedy, Writing the Political (2002)  
and, with Patrick Primavesi, Heiner Müller Handbuch (2004).

Routledge    2006    224 pages
9780415268134    ~    Pb    ~    £21.99

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