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The Reception of German Theater in Greece

Establishing a Theatrical Locus Communis: The Royal Theater in Athens (1901-1906)

Michalis Georgiou

The author examines the vigorous reception of the German theater in Greece, a phenomenon that took place along with the process of establishing in Athens, in 1901 the Royal Theater. The multiple aesthetic, social and political forms of this phenomenon provided a "locus of contact" with the German culture and accomplished a function, regarded as the instrument for the development of the bourgeois theater in Greece. This happened through the work of theater practitioners and intellectuals, as well as through the transfer of institutions, theatrical plays, and scripts of direction instructions, decorations, and props. The performances staged were the iceberg in the process of this reception, as they provided a strategy toward the revitalization of the Greek theater, realized in a productive way.

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Printed with the kind assistance of Siblings Boehringer Ingelheim Foundation for the Humanities.

Cover image: Edmondos Fyrst as Faust in the performance of Goethe’s Faust (1904), Pinakothiki, vol. 4, ed. 47, 1905, p. 214.

ISBN 978-3-631-77181-5 (Print)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-78444-0 (E-PDF) • E-ISBN 978-3-631-78445-7 (EPUB)

E-ISBN 978-3-631-78446-4 (MOBI) • DOI 10.3726/b15392

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