Tragedy's Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800 by Erika Fischer-lichteTragedy's Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800 by Erika Fischer-lichte

Tragedy's Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800

byErika Fischer-lichte

Hardcover | May 27, 2017

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This volume sets out a novel approach to theatre historiography, presenting the history of performances of Greek tragedies in Germany since 1800 as the history of the evolving cultural identity of the educated middle class throughout that period. Philhellenism and theatromania took hold inthis milieu amidst attempts to banish the heavily French-influenced German court culture of the mid-eighteenth century, and by 1800 their fusion in performances of Greek tragedies served as the German answer to the French Revolution.Tragedy's subsequent endurance on the German stage is mapped here through the responses of performances to particular political, social, and cultural milestones, from the Napoleonic Wars and the Revolution of 1848 to the Third Reich, the new political movements of the 1960s and 1970s, and the fallof the Berlin Wall and reunification. Images of ancient Greece which were prevalent in the productions of these different eras are examined closely: the Nazi's proclamation of a racial kinship between the Greeks and the Germans; the politicization of performances of Greek tragedies since the 1960sand 1970s, emblematized by Marcuse's notion of a cultural revolution; the protest choruses of the GDR and the new genre of choric theatre in the 1980s and 1990s. By examining these images and performances in relation to their respective socio-cultural contexts, the volume sheds light on how, in aconstantly changing political and cultural climate, performances of Greek tragedies helped affirm, destabilize, re-stabilize, and transform the cultural identity of the educated middle class over a volatile two hundred year period.
Erika Fischer-Lichte is Professor of Theatre Studies and the Director of the International Research Center "Interweaving Performance Cultures" at Freie Universitat Berlin. She has published widely in the fields of theatre history, theory and aesthetics of theatre, comparative aesthetics, and contemporary theatre, including several mono...
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Title:Tragedy's Endurance: Performances of Greek Tragedies and Cultural Identity in Germany since 1800Format:HardcoverDimensions:448 pagesPublished:May 27, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199651639

ISBN - 13:9780199651634

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FrontmatterList of IllustrationsPrefaceIntroduction: Philhellenism and Theatromania1. Only With Beauty Man Shall Play: Goethe's Production of Ion in Weimar (1802)2. After the Institutionalization of Bildung: The Potsdam Antigone of 18413. Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk and Nietzsche's Vision of Ancient Greek Theatre4. A Culture in Crisis: Max Reinhardt's Productions of Greek Tragedies (1903 19)Sophocles'/Hofmannsthal's Electra Greek Maenad or Modern Hysteric?Greek Tragedies in the Circus: Max Reinhardt's Theatre of the Five Thousand5. Hailing a Racial Kinship: Performances of Greek Tragedies during the Third ReichResurrecting Ancient Greece in Nazi Germany the Oresteia as Part of the Olympic Games in 1936Ancient Tragedies in Times of War the Case of Antigone6. Of Guilt and Archetypes: Post-War Productions of Greek Tragedies in the 1940s and 50sOedipus and the Question of Collective GuiltBrecht's Antigone as a Model for Epic TheatreIn Search of the 'Universal Human' Gustav Rudolf Sellner's Productions of Greek Tragedies in the 1950s7. Inventing New Forms of Political TheatreLinking Greek with other 'Naive' Cultures Benno Besson's Oedipus TyrantLehrstucke on the Imminent Disintegration of the StateTopicalizing the Tragedies of Ancient Greece: Hans Neuenfels' Medea (1976) and Christoph Nel's Antigone (1978) in Frankfurt8. On the Origins of Theatre and Its Link to the Past: The Schaubuhne's Antiquity Projects of 1974 and 1980Antiquity Project I Peter Stein's Exercises for Actors and Klaus Michael Gruber's The BacchaeAntiquity Project II Peter Stein's Oresteia: Reflections on the Historical Process9. Choric Theatre: Between Tragic Experience and Participatory DemocracyThe Re-Birth of Tragedy out of the ChorusChoric Protests and a Peaceful RevolutionTowards the Utopia of a Participatory Democracy10. Epilogue: The Return of Dionysus: From Festive Performance to Global SpectacleEndmatterAppendixBibliographyI. Greek TragediesII. Other Works CitedIII. Reviews and Programme Notes CitedIV. Online ReferencesV. FilmsIndex