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The Director's Prism
The Director's Prism
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About the Book

Finalist, 2017 Theatre Library Association George Freedley Memorial Award
Shortlist, 2019 Prague Quadrennial Best Scenography and Design Publication Award

The Director's Prism investigates how and why three of Russia's most innovative directors-- Vsevolod Meyerhold, Alexander Tairov, and Sergei Eisenstein--used the fantastical tales of German Romantic writer E. T. A. Hoffmann to reinvent the rules of theatrical practice. Because the rise of the director and the Russian cult of Hoffmann closely coincided, Posner argues, many characteristics we associate with avant-garde theater--subjective perspective, breaking through the fourth wall, activating the spectator as a co-creator--become uniquely legible in the context of this engagement. Posner examines the artistic poetics of Meyerhold's grotesque, Tairov's mime-drama, and Eisenstein's theatrical attraction through production analyses, based on extensive archival research, that challenge the notion of theater as a mirror to life, instead viewing the director as a prism through whom life is refracted. A resource for scholars and practitioners alike, this groundbreaking study provides a fresh, provocative perspective on experimental theater, intercultural borrowings, and the nature of the creative process.
About the Author: DASSIA N. POSNER is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University.


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Product Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780810133556
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publisher Imprint: Northwestern University Press
  • Depth: 13
  • Height: 226 mm
  • No of Pages: 344
  • Series Title: English
  • Sub Title: E. T. A. Hoffmann and the Russian Theatrical Avant-Garde
  • Width: 152 mm
  • ISBN-10: 0810133555
  • Publisher Date: 15 Aug 2016
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Edition: Reprint
  • Language: English
  • Returnable: Y
  • Spine Width: 18 mm
  • Weight: 499 gr


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