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Theatre of Estrangement: Theory, Practice, Ideology
In a world flooded with information, images, and sounds - where the distinction between real and simulated becomes increasingly blurred - one of the most pressing concerns of the theatre is how to subvert the stock responses of an audience and make the well-known fresh and meaningful again. Situating the practice of theatrical estrangement firmly in its social and politica ...more
Hardcover, 181 pages
Published December 1st 2006 by University of Toronto Press
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For some time I have wanted to find a book that gives a more indepth historical foundation for an aesthetics of reception. In this book from 2006, playwright and drama scholar Silvija Jestrovic analyzes the theories of defamiliarization that defined much of the early 20th Century avant-garde arts, specifically that of theatre. At the center of the book is a thorough analysis and comparison between the ideas of Russian literary critic and poet Viktor Shklovsky and the German playwright Bertolt Br ...more