Shakespeare on the German Stage: Volume 2, the Twentieth Century

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Mai 1998



The book tells the story of Shakespeare in the German-speaking theatre against the background of German culture and politics in the twentieth century. In surveying the twentieth century, Hortmann concentrates on the two most important and fruitful periods: the years of the Weimar Republic (1919-33) and the turbulent decades of the sixties and seventies, when the German theatre was revitalised by a stormy marriage of avant-garde art and revolutionary politics. This is a book for Shakespeare scholars, theatre historians, and all those interested in the cultural and political history of Germany in the twentieth century.


1. Old traditions and new beginnings; 2. Shakespeare theatre in the Weimar Republic (1919-1933); 3. Shakespeare in the Third Reich (1933-1945); 4. Shakespeare on the postwar stage - continuity or a fresh start?; 5. Transvaluations: Shakespeare and the revolution of the West German stage (1964-1979); 6. Reconstruction, deconstruction, postmodernism: rediscovering Shakespeare in the eighties; 7. Theatre under socialism: Shakespeare in East Germany; 8. The end of an epoch - and some new faces.


Review of the hardback: 'The survey offered by Hortmann and Hamburger is of the highest standard.' George Steiner, Times Literary Supplement Review of the hardback: '... this is a remarkable piece of work that will be of interest to more than Shakespeare scholars. In fact, as Shakespeare has been so central a figure in the repertoire of the German theatre, this book effectively represents a history of that theatre ... Hortmann has the capacity to capture past productions, even those he quite obviously cannot have seen, in a very arresting way. He has an eye for telling detail, that can do so much to make a production memorable.' Simon Williams Review of the hardback: 'German Shakespeare theatre in all its changeful twists and turns is firmly embedded in its cultural and historical context. Developments and trends are concisely depicted, a gallery of fascinating theatre personalities is brought to life. I enjoyed both the author's clear grasp of his subject as well as the sheer elegance of his style. A book to browse in as well as to read from cover to cover.' Ingeborg Boltz Review of the hardback: 'There are three histories here: Shakespeare performance, the backdrop of German theatre in the twentieth century, and the larger encompassing story of German culture and politics. Each of them is told with great knowledge, astonishing clarity, and self-effacing wit. There is no book like this in English, and to my knowledge, none like it in German either.' Dennis Kennedy
EAN: 9780521343862
ISBN: 0521343860
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Mai 1998
Seitenanzahl: 519 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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