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The Resource Spectral characters : genre and materiality on the modern stage, Sarah Balkin, (electronic resource)

Spectral characters : genre and materiality on the modern stage, Sarah Balkin, (electronic resource)

Label
Spectral characters : genre and materiality on the modern stage
Title
Spectral characters
Title remainder
genre and materiality on the modern stage
Statement of responsibility
Sarah Balkin
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"Theater's materiality and reliance on human actors has traditionally put it at odds with modernist principles of aesthetic autonomy and depersonalization. Spectral Characters argues that modern dramatists in fact emphasized the extent to which humans are fictional, made and changed by costumes, settings, props, and spoken dialogue. Examining work by Ibsen, Wilde, Strindberg, Genet, Kopit, and Beckett, the book takes up the apparent deadness of characters whose selves are made of other people, whose thoughts become exteriorized communication technologies, and whose bodies merge with walls and furniture. The ghostly, vampiric, and telepathic qualities of these characters, Sarah Balkin argues, mark a new relationship between the material and the imaginary in modern theater. By considering characters whose bodies respond to language, whose attempts to realize their individuality collapse into inanimacy, and who sometimes don't appear at all, the book posits a new genealogy of modernist drama that emphasizes its continuities with nineteenth-century melodrama and realism"--
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LBSOR/DLC
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1982-
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Balkin, Sarah
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Drama
  • Characters and characteristics in literature
  • Human body in literature
Label
Spectral characters : genre and materiality on the modern stage, Sarah Balkin, (electronic resource)
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-183) and index
Contents
Introduction : melodrama and the material occult -- The spectral individual : Ibsen's dead realism -- Imaginary characters : Wilde's unrealized personalities -- Language and materiality : Strindberg's vampiric narrators -- Old new materialisms : monist dramaturgy in Strindberg's The black glove -- Modernist afterlives : Genet, Kopit, Beckett
Control code
ssj0002192900
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 190 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780472131488
Lccn
2019012311
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002192900
Label
Spectral characters : genre and materiality on the modern stage, Sarah Balkin, (electronic resource)
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 167-183) and index
Contents
Introduction : melodrama and the material occult -- The spectral individual : Ibsen's dead realism -- Imaginary characters : Wilde's unrealized personalities -- Language and materiality : Strindberg's vampiric narrators -- Old new materialisms : monist dramaturgy in Strindberg's The black glove -- Modernist afterlives : Genet, Kopit, Beckett
Control code
ssj0002192900
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (viii, 190 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9780472131488
Lccn
2019012311
Other physical details
illustrations
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssj0002192900

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