Theater symptoms : plays & writings on drama / Robert Musil ; translated and with an introduction by Genese Grill.
Medverkande: Grill, Genese [trl, aui]Language: English Original language: German Publisher: New York : Contra Mundum Press, 2020Utgåva: First Contra Mundum Press editionBeskrivning: v, 558 sidorInnehållstyp: text Mediatyp: unmediated Bärartyp: volumeISBN: 9781940625416Annan titel: Theater symptoms : plays and writings on dramaInnehållna verk: Musil, Robert, 1880-1942 Die Schwärmer [aut] | Musil, Robert, 1880-1942 Vinzenz und die Freundin bedeutender Männer [aut]Ämne(n): Pjästexter -- Österrike -- 1900-taletGenre/Form: Dramatik | TeaterrecensionerDDK-klassifikation: 832.912 SAB-klassifikation: Hf.02=e
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Preface -- Introduction -- Theater symptoms -- Selected reviews -- Plays : "The Utopians" [rf4 rm4 rt8] -- "Vinzenz and the mistress of important men : a farce in three acts" [rf4 rm4 rt8] -- Selected play fragments.
"Although known principally for his modernist masterpiece, The Man without Qualities, Robert Musil (1880-1942) was also a playwright and drama critic. As an observer and researcher of the psychology of aesthetic experience, a student of anthropology and mysticism, and a writer who sometimes practiced the art of literature like an essayist and scientific experimenter, Musil saw in theater the ideal testing ground for questions about perception, reality, and the effects of ritual practices like formal variation, repetition, and the suspension of normal consciousness. In the theater of the fraught period between the two world wars, Musil recognized a crisis that was symptomatic of larger social, political, and aesthetic problems. In seeing Art as a social and cultural stimulus, he leveled piercing critiques at the commodification and conformism of the Culture Industry of his time. In contrast to its mostly shallow entertainment, Musil saw the potential of theater as a force that could inspire viewers toward an existential shattering of received ideas and a renewal of "motivated" existence. With Theater Symptoms, readers encounter Musil the dramatist and theoretician of theater, adding a creative and critical voice to the discourse surrounding Modernism. Theater Symptoms includes translations of Musil's plays; a selection of play fragments ; exacting diagnoses of drama, including a utopian vision of theater; and commentaries on the state of drama in the early 20th Century. Musil's reviews of Stanislavsky's Moscow troupe, cabaret performances of Yvette Guilbert, productions of Strindberg, Schnitzler, Chekhov, and others, reveal Musil to be a perceptive and visionary analyst of what theater was and what it could be. Theater Symptoms constitutes not only the first collected volume in English of Musil's finished and unfinished plays, but a large body of work concerning itself with the symptoms of and possible cures for the dangerous decline, not only of theater or art, but also, in Musil's view, of social relations: a descent from an ethical-aesthetic and "motivated" conduct of life to that of an uncritical, insensate, and consumer-driven society." -- Utgivarens hemsida.