Contours of the Theatrical Avant-Garde: Performance and Textuality (Theater: Theory/Text/Performance)

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This collection of essays explores the development of avant-garde theater and its relation to questions of textuality, authority, and the academy. Although the canon of modern and contemporary drama would be difficult to imagine without the influential legacy of the movements and strands of the historical avant-garde, this critical history is often overlooked in courses on modern and contemporary drama and theater.
Though primarily focusing on issues of textuality and performance, the essays regard the antitextualism of the avant-garde as indicative of the wide variety of anti-cultural sentiments that have characterized avant-garde performance. The volume begins with the anti-textual sentiments of the avant-garde, then offers antitextual models, explores specific performances, and ends with a critical analysis of the avant-garde. Uniting the array of opinions articulated is a belief that despite the problems that haunt the traditions of avant-garde theater, it can nonetheless offer continued valuable insights into the industries of literature, theater, scholarship, and culture.
James M. Harding is Assistant Professor of English, Mary Washington College. He is author of Adorno and a "Writing of the Ruins."

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James M. Harding is Assistant Professor of English, Mary Washington College. He is author of Adorno and a "Writing of the Ruins."

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"These essays by an impressive roster of contributors offer an excellent historical consideration of the concept of the avant-garde and also consider the implications of this concept as an ongoing stimulus of new thought and new performance activity. . . . Contours of the Theatrical Avant-Garde will find an eager and receptive audience here and abroad, and will be a most attractive item for study in advanced courses in modern culture as well as in theatre and performance studies."
—Marvin Carlson, City University of New York Graduate Center
(Marvin Carlson, City University of New York Graduate Center 1999-11-12)

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