Staging the Savage God: The Grotesque in Performance
Ralf RemshardtISBN: 0809325764;
Book DescriptionIn this broadly conceived study, Ralf E. Remshardt delineates the theatre?s deep connection with the grotesque and traces the historically extensive and theoretically intensive relationship between performance and its "other," the grotesque. Staging the Savage God: The Grotesque in Performance examines the aesthetic complicity shared by the two in both art and theatre and presents a general theory of the grotesque. Performing the grotesque is both a challenge to a culture?s order and the affirmation of certain ethical principles that it recognizes as its own. Remshardt investigates the aesthetics and ideology of grotesque theatre from antiquity?in works such as The Bacchae and Thyestes?to modernity?in Ubu Roi and Hamletmachine?and opens up new critical possibilities for the analysis of both classical and avant-garde theatre. Divided into three sections, Staging the Savage God first interrogates the grotesque as primarily a visual...
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