The Theatrical Instinct (American University Studies)

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9780820410739: The Theatrical Instinct (American University Studies)

Nikolai Evreinov, a major force in the Russian avant-garde theatre, won international fame in the 1920's. His harlequinades were produced by such greats as Dullin in France, Pirandello in Italy, and the Theatre Guild on Broadway. As playwright, director, and theorist, Evreinov anticipated major developments in the twentieth century theatre: metatheatrical plays, environmental staging, and the study of performance through anthropology, ritual, and role-playing in everyday life. Carnicke examines Evreinov's theories in light of the artistry of his plays. She clarifies his most influential ideas and reclaims his central role in modern theatre history.

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«There exists no better analysis of Evreinov's concept of 'theatrical instinct' than the one we find in Carnicke's work. At the same time both profound and imaginative, it is a fine piece of scholarly research combined with a keen sense of the specifics of the art of theatre. Carnicke's book will prove of lasting interest, not only to the specialists of Russian theatre, but to all those interested in piercing through the mystery of drama in the modern world.» (Professor Gérard Abensour, Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, Institut National des Langues et Civilizations Orientales, Centre d'Etudes Russes et Soviétiques)
«The importance of Carnicke's work goes beyond the immediate interest in Russian theatre to her general approach to the analysis of drama. Her work represents a fresh approach to dramatic texts generally.» (Professor Jeffrey L. Spear, New York University)
«Carnickes Analyse ist anregend, macht neugierig. ... Souverän geht die Autorin dabei mit ihrem großen Wissen der russischen Theatergeschichte um und beweist vor allem ein sehr sensibles, differenziertes Leseverständnis.» (Gabi Vettermann, Medienwissenschaft)
«Carnicke's book is well-researched and written. She has a good sense for the very complex theatrical scene in Russia at the turn of the century. I highly recommend this excellent study.» (George Kalbouss, The Russian Review)
«'The Theatrical Instinct' is ... a clear and concise elucidation of the central premise of Evreinov's work. This valuable book looks beyond the mask of the parodist and self-conscious clown Evreinov so often assumed to discover the original and complex theatrical consciousness which motivated him.» (Cheyanne Boyd, Slavic and East European Journal)
«After Evreinov emigrated to France in 1925, it was inevitable that the Soviets would ignore and downplay the importance of such an eclectic creative spirit who could only seem decadent to the enforces of socialist realism. Now is the time for a revival and reassessment of Evreinov. ... Sharon Carnicke ... has given us a comprehensive and insightful survey of Evreinov's life and work... øHer! work makes an important contribution to the rehabilitation of this precursor of many vital currents in contemporary theatre.» (dcg, Soviet and East European Performance)
«Carnicke's book is a landmark. Carnicke brings to Evreinov a fine critical intelligence and understanding of theatre. Carnicke's analysis of 'A Merry Death' rescues the play from oblivion and shows that it is one of the finest in the Russian cannon. This study is obligatory reading for anyone interested in Evreinov. It is judicial, concise, and well-argued.» (J. Douglas Clayton, Canadian Slavonic Papers)
«øCarnicke! argues convincingly that he øEvreinov! merits a more visible role in current discussions of modern drama and performance theory. It is unfortunate that he has been largely overlooked by theatre historians, but 'The Theatrical Instinct' does much to remedy that oversight.» (Catherine Schuler, Modern Drama)
«Es wird gezeigt, wie Evreinovs Konzept der Theatralität, für das sinnbildlich die Figur des Harlekin gesetzt wird, als Interpretament des Gesamtwerkes eingesetzt werden kann. Die Wirksamkeit des Instruments wird an zwei der wichtigsten Dramen Evreinos, 'Veselaja smert' und 'Samoe glavnoe', demonstriert. Innerhalb der Argumentation wird reichhaltiges Material, sowohl in bezug auf die aktuellen geistesgeschichtlichen Hintergründe als auch auf vergleichbare Postionen späterer Zeit, ausgebreitet. Damit ist von dieser Seite her eine hervorragende Basis für weitere Forschung gegeben.» (Harald Xander, Kritikon Litterarum)

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