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The Canon in Contemporary Theatre: Plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Brecht in Contemporary Directors' Theatre (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

The Canon in Contemporary Theatre: Plays by Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Brecht in Contemporary Directors' Theatre (Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies)

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Publication Date: June 4th, 2024
Publisher:
Routledge
ISBN:
9781032421407
Pages:
166
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Description

This book explores the relationship between contemporary theatre, particularly contemporary theatre directors, and the dramatic canon of plays.

Through focusing on productions of plays by three canonical playwrights (Shakespeare, Ibsen, and Brecht) by eight contemporary European directors (Michael Buffong, Joe Hill-Gibbins, and Emma Rice from the UK, Christopher R ping from Germany, Thorleifur rn Arnarsson from Iceland, and Kjeriski Hom, Alexander M rk-Eidem, and Sigrid Str m Reibo from Norway) the book investigates why and how the theatre continues to engage with canonical plays. In particular, the book questions the political and cultural implications of theatrical reproductions of the literary canon. Drawing on Chantal Mouffe's theories of agonism and 'critical art, ' the book investigates whether theatrical reproduction of the canon always reconstitutes the hegemonic values and ideologies of the canon, or whether theatrical interventions in the canon can challenge such values and ideologies, and thereby also challenge the dominant ideologies and hegemonies of contemporary culture and society.

This study will be of great interest to academics and students in drama and theatre, particularly those who work with theatre in the twenty-first century, directors' theatre, and the political impact of theatre.

About the Author

Lars Harald Maagerø is Lecturer in Performance Making and Analysis at Canterbury Christ Church University.