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Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater

An American Reception 1977-1999


Hellmut Hal Rennert

Contents: William R. Elwood: Incoherence as Meaning: From the Real to the Expressive – Dean Wilcox: Sign and Referent in the Work of Robert Wilson. Reconstituting the Human Form – Jan Lüder Hagens: Forging a Link Between Stage and World. The Genre of Director’s Drama – Sarah Bryant-Bertail: Spatio-Temporality as Theater Performance – Harris L. Gruman: The Uses of Audience Participation. Theater’s Engagement in Social Experience – William E. Gruber: Building an Audience. Craig’s and Brecht’s Theories of Dramatic Performance – William R. Elwood: Georg Kaiser’s Von Morgens bis Mitternachts as a Metaphor for Chaos – William R. Elwood: Ernst Toller’s Masse-Mensch. The Individual versus the Collective – William R. Elwood: Hasenclever’s Sinnenglück und Seelenfrieden as Metaphor for Suicide – William R. Elwood: Reinhard Goering’s Seeschlacht and the Expressionist Vision – William R. Elwood: Mankind and Sun: German-American Expressionism – William R. Elwood: Expressionism and Deconstructionism: A Critical Comparison – Glen W. Gadberry: Arnolt Bronnen’s Austro-Expressionist War Plays Sturm gegen Gott and sturmpatrull – Glen W. Gadberry: The Theater in and of the Third Reich: The German Stage «In [entitled] Extremis» – William Sonnega: Anti War Discourse in War Drama. Sigmund Graff and Die endlose Strasse – Glen W. Gadberry: An «Ancient German Rediscovered»: The Nazi Widukind Plays of Forster and Kiß – Glen W. Gadberry: Stages of Reform. Caroline Neuber/Die Neuberin in the Third Reich – Leigh Clemons: Gewalt, Gott, Natur, Volk: The Performance of Nazi Ideology in Kolbenheyer’s Gregor und Heinrich – Glen W. Gadberry: Gerhart Hauptmann’s Ratten (1911) at the Rose (1936) – William Grange: Rules, Regulations, and the Reich: Comedy under the Auspices of the Propaganda Ministry – Graley Herren: The Performance of Ideology and Dialectics in Brecht’s Life of Galileo – Julie Klassen/Ruth Weiner: Reviving Brecht: Transformations, or the Reciprocity of Outward Signs and Inward States – John C. Nichols: Saving the Fallen City of Mahagonny: The Musical Elaboration of Brecht’s Epic Theater – Rebecca Hilliker: Brecht’s Gestic Vision for Opera: Why the Shock of Recognition is More Powerful in the Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny than in The Three Penny Opera – Leslie Ellis: Brecht’s Life of Galileo as an Aristotelian Tragedy – Hellmut Hal Rennert: Max Frisch’s The Great Wall of China and the Language of Re-Emergence – Jürgen Schlunk: A Fictional Response to Political Circumstance: Martin Walser’s The Rabbit Race – Patricia Stanley: Wolfgang Hildesheimer’s Das Opfer Helena: Another Triumph of the «They» – Christa Carvajal: Cry Beyond the Hamlets: Peter Handke’s Dramatic Poem and the Tragic Tradition – Julie Klassen: The Rebellion of the Body Against the Effect of Ideas. Heiner Müller’s Concept of Tragedy – William R. Elwood: Darkness Visible: Peter Turrini and the Scripted Life – Andreas Ryschka: Woman Takes Center Stage: Three Versions of «The Female Condition» on the German Theater Stage Today – Britta Kallin: The Representation of Foreigners in German and Austrian Plays of the 1990s by Female Playwrights – Ralf Remshardt: Conquering the South Pole and Other Places in Germany. Manfred Karge’s Plays.