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By David Krasner

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Overlaying the interval 1879 to 1959, and taking in every thing from Ibsen to Beckett, this ebook is quantity one in every of a two-part finished exam of the performs, dramatists, and activities that include sleek international drama.Contains targeted research of performs and playwrights, connecting topics and supplying unique interpretationsIncludes assurance of non-English works and traditions to create an international view of recent dramaConsiders the impression of modernism in paintings, tune, literature, structure, society, and politics at the formation of recent dramatic literatureTakes an interpretative and analytical method of smooth dramatic texts instead of targeting construction historyIncludes assurance of the ways that staging practices, layout suggestions, and performing kinds proficient the development of the dramas

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In 1835 he wrote: The dramatic poet is, in my view, nothing but a writer of history. […] His greatest task is to come as close as possible to history as it actually was. […] I can scarcely be expected to make virtuous heroes out of Danton and the bandits of the Revolution! If I was to depict their dissoluteness then I had to make them dissolute; if I was to show them as Godless then I had to let them speak like atheists. […] The poet is no teacher of morals; he invents and creates characters, he brings the past back to life, and from the people may learn as though from the study of history itself and the observation of it, what happens in human life around him.

The central figures are Robespierre, the ruthless idealist, and Danton, the cynical-realist whose distain for the revolution riles Robespierre. Robespierre seeks to weed out dissent, while Danton, who at first supported Revolutionary aims, now sees only bloodbath. Danton has cryptically turned his back on his revolutionary comrades, disgusted by the excrescent brutality and the mere replacement of one horrific regime with another. Robespierre and his acolyte St. Just maintain the belief that the end justifies the means; Danton, witnessing bloodshed of staggering proportions, overthrows his revolutionary ideals and embraces a Schopenhauerian pessimism.

JULIE: But you know me, Danton. DANTON: Yes, that’s what they call it. You have dark eyes and curly hair and a delicate complexion and you always call me: dear Georges! But (Touches her forehead and eyelids) what about here, and here? What goes on behind here? No there’s nothing delicate about our senses. Know one another? 90 DANTON: Büchner anticipates the most radical development of modern drama’s emphasis on history, covering his large canvas with the confusion and chaos of the French Revolution.

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