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By C. Innes

ISBN-10: 0203171519

ISBN-13: 9780203171516

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A Sourcebook on Naturalist Theatre presents crucial fundamental resources which rfile one of many key events in sleek theatre. Christopher Innes has chosen 3 writers to exemplify the move, and 6 performs particularly: * Henrik Ibsen - A Dolls condo and Hedda Gabler * Anton Chekhov - The Seagull and The Cherry Orchard * George Bernard Shaw - Mrs Warren's occupation and Heartbreak apartment. Innes' creation presents an summary of naturalist theatre. Key subject matters contain: the illustration of girls, major modern matters and the hyperlinks among thought, play writing and level perform. the first assets discover many features of naturalism, giving info on: * the playwrights' intentions whilst writing performs * modern stories * literary feedback * political and social heritage * construction notes from early performances of the performs.

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Questioning the canon If the generally accepted historical boundaries of the naturalistic movement are questionable, the usual canonical selection of playwrights is no less tendentious. The playwrights whose work is presented as representative of Naturalism are primarily the trio of Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekhov. Yet only a small fraction of Strindberg’s work is in any way naturalistic: just two plays; and those rely heavily on non-naturalistic elements. Conversely, although one of his early plays, Mrs Warren’s Profession, may be occasionally listed as “naturalistic”, Bernard Shaw—the other major playwright of the period—is always excluded.

So that a man who stops in the midst of the struggle and says: ‘Now I have it’ —thereby shows he has lost it. It is, however, exactly this dead maintenance of a certain given standpoint of liberty that is characteristic of communities which go by the name of states—and this it is that I have called worthless. , but for whom is it a benefit? For the citizen, not for the individual. Now there is absolutely no reasonable necessity for the individual to be a citizen. On the contrary—the state is the curse of the individual… The state must be abolished!

1 GEORG BRANDES AND HENRIK IBSEN Georg Brandes’ polemic 1871 lecture emphasized the need for social relevance in contemporary literature. Demanding political involvement—and citing Ibsen’s Brand as an example of the abstract idealism to be avoided—it acted as a clarion call for the new naturalistic drama. The opening lecture in a series delivered at the University of Copenhagen, which aroused violent controversy, it was published a year later in the first of his influential six-volume study of Main Currents in Nineteenth-Century Literature.

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