Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1890-1950

A Critical Anthology

Edited by Robert Knopf; With a New Introduction by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten

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April 28, 2015
512 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300206739

An essential volume for theater artists and students alike, this anthology includes the full texts of sixteen important examples of avant-garde drama from the most daring and influential artistic movements of the first half of the twentieth century, including Symbolism, Futurism, Expressionism, Dada, and Surrealism. Each play is accompanied by a bio-critical introduction by the editor, and a critical essay, frequently written by the playwright, which elaborates on the play’s dramatic and aesthetic concerns. A new introduction by Robert Knopf and Julia Listengarten contextualizes the plays in light of recent critical developments in avant-garde studies. By examining the groundbreaking theatrical experiments of Jarry, Maeterlinck, Strindberg, Artaud, and others, the book foregrounds the avant-garde’s enduring influence on the development of modern theater.

Robert Knopf is professor of theatre and director of theatre studies, University at Buffalo/SUNY.