The Theater and Its Double by Antonin ArtaudThe Theater and Its Double by Antonin Artaud

The Theater and Its Double

byAntonin ArtaudTranslated byMary C. Richard

Paperback | January 17, 1994

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A collection of manifestos originally published in 1938, The Theater and Its Double is the fullest statement of the ideas of Antonin Artaud. 'We cannot go on prostituting the idea of the theater, the only value of which is in its excruciating, magical relation to reality and danger,' he wrote. He fought vigorously against an encroaching conventionalism he found anathema to the very concept of theater. He sought to use theater to transcend writing, 'to break through the language in order to touch life.'
An early associate of the surrealists, Antonin Artaud broke with them to form the "theater of cruelty" in 1932. His goal, set forth in his long essay The Theater and Its Double (1938), was to replace the contemporary theater, with its emphasis on psychology, by a theater of myth that would reintroduce the sacred into modern life. Exper...
Title:The Theater and Its DoubleFormat:PaperbackDimensions:176 pages, 8.25 × 5.38 × 0.46 inPublished:January 17, 1994Publisher:Grove/AtlanticLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802150306

ISBN - 13:9780802150301

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'The Theater and Its Double' is far and away the most important thing that has been written about the theater in the twentieth century. It should be read again and again. Artaud oozed magical desires. He was the metaphysician of the theater.---Jean-Loius Barrault