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Author Ridout, Nicholas Peter.

Title Passionate amateurs : theatre, communism, and love / Nicholas Ridout.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013]


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Description 1 online resource.
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Series Theater: theory/text/performance
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Description based on print version record.
Contents Theatre and communism after Athens -- Of work and time -- All theatre, all the time -- Of work, time, and revolution -- Of work, time, and (telephone) conversation -- Solitude in relation.
Summary Passionate Amateurs tells a new story about modern theater: the story of a romantic attachment to theater's potential to produce surprising experiences of human community. It begins with one of the first great plays of modern European theater - Chekhov's Uncle Vanya in Moscow - and then crosses the 20th and 21st centuries to look at how its story plays out in Weimar Republic Berlin, in the Paris of the 1960s, and in a spectrum of contemporary performance in Europe and the United States. This is a work of historical materialist theater scholarship, which combines a materialism grounded in a socialist tradition of cultural studies with some of the insights developed in recent years by theorists of affect, and addresses some fundamental questions about the social function and political potential of theater within modern capitalism. Passionate Amateurs argues that theater in modern capitalism can help us think afresh about notions of work, time, and freedom. Its title concept is a theoretical and historical figure, someone whose work in theater is undertaken within capitalism, but motivated by a love that desires something different. In addition to its theoretical originality, it offers a significant new reading of a major Chekhov play, the most sustained scholarly engagement to date with Benjamin's "Program for a Proletarian Children's Theatre," the first major consideration of Godard's La chinoise as a "theatrical" work, and the first chapter-length discussion of the work of The Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, an American company rapidly gaining a profile in the European theater scene. Passionate Amateurs contributes to the development of theater and performance studies in a way that moves beyond debates over the differences between theater and performance in order to tell a powerful, historically grounded story about what theater and performance are for in the modern world.
Note This work is licensed by Knowledge Unlatched under a Creative Commons license
Language English.
Access This work is licensed under the following Creative Commons License: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Subject Theater and society.
Communism and culture.
The arts.
Theatre studies.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- General.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
Communism and culture (OCoLC)fst00870489
Theater and society (OCoLC)fst01149315
Indexed Term literature.
theatre studies.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
In: Knowledge Unlatched
Other Form: Print version: Passionate amateurs Ann Arbor : The University of Michigan Press, [2013] 9780472119073 (cloth : alk. paper) (DLC) 2013015596
ISBN 9780472029594 e-book
9781306081597 (electronic bk.)
9780472119073 cloth : alk. paper
1306081599 (electronic bk.)
9780472900008 (electronic bk.)
0472900005 (electronic bk.)
0472119079 (cloth ; alk. paper)
Standard No. 10.3998/mpub.4537117 doi
GBVCP 1030560218
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NZ1 15500153
NLGGC 37290128X
GBVCP 1008659991
DEBBG BV044052215
AU@ 000060582077
AU@ 000058146454
AU@ 000052921325

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