The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor: History and Holocaust in 'Akropolis' and 'Dead Class'

Magda Romanska (Author) Kathleen Cioffi (Foreword by)
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Product Details

Price
$40.00
Publisher
Anthem Press
Publish Date
October 01, 2014
Pages
420
Dimensions
6.0 X 9.0 X 0.93 inches | 1.35 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781783083213

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About the Author

Magda Romanska is an award-winning writer, theatre scholar and dramaturg. Educated at Stanford, Yale and Cornell, she is currently Associate Professor of Theatre and Dramaturgy at Emerson College in Boston, and a research associate at Harvard University's Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.

Reviews

"[A] valuable resource for those looking to better understand the complex creativity of Grotowski and Kantor within their Polish historical, social, and literary context. [...] It is not only a rich explanation of these dramatists, but also serves as an engaging overview of the Polish literary tradition." --Alena Aniskiewicz, "Pol-Int.org"


"Non-Polish-speaking scholars of Grotowski and Kantor will be grateful for Romanska's work. She opens up areas of these two productions which have been unavailable; trauma and Holocaust survivors will be glad to be made aware of them; and Romanska indicates the direction for further analysis in this area." --Alison Jeffers and Brian Schutis, "New Theatre Quarterly"


"[Romanska's] richly documented chapters interweave primary sources, critical commentary, and contemporary theory (for example, Adorno, Agamben, Bettelheim, AmΓ©ry) on each topic. [...] Through its argumentation and design, the book demonstrates a sophisticated dramaturgical strategy for re-historicizing and recontextualizing theatre and performance events [...] The book also introduces English-language students to a significant national literature and encourages them to undertake equally rigorous, culturally specific readings in their fields of interest." --Mary Karen Dahl, "Theatre Journal"


The book demonstrates how both productions were deeply political responses to that "taboo subject." Romanska painstakingly works to decode [it]. An invaluable resource.
--Theatre Annual A Journal of Performance Studies


This text is a valuable resource for those looking to better understand the complex creativity of Grotowski and Kantor within their Polish historical, social, and literary context.
--Pol-Intel.org


Richly documented chapters. Through its argumentation and design, the book demonstrates a sophisticated dramaturgical strategy for re-historicizing and recontextualizing theatre and performance events.
--Theatre Journal


Romanska opens up areas of these two productions which have been unavailable.
--New Theatre Quarterly


The task, which the author sets out and performs, starting from such a clearly defined research perspective, is both remarkable and impressive in its momentum and size.
--Performer