Artaud and His Doubles - Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Hardback)
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Artaud and His Doubles - Theater: Theory/Text/Performance (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 30/11/2010
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The work of director, playwright, essayist, and poet Antonin Artaud has had a lasting influence, particularly among theater scholars, who consider his 1938 book Le Theatre et son double (The Theater and Its Double) a classic text of the avant-garde. Both his writings and his tragic, tortured life have contributed to his veneration. Artaud and His Doubles challenges the Artaud legend by reexamining his works in the context of European political, theatrical, and intellectual history of the early 20th century. Placing both Artaud's rhetoric and his work as a theater director in the contexts of World War I, theater and intellectual history, crowd theory, and the rise of fascism, Artaud and His Doubles argues that Artaud's work reveals affinities not primarily with artists concerned with activating individual potential or advancing progressive politics---with whom he is usually associated---but with a disturbing array of anti-intellectual and reactionary writers and artists whose ranks swelled catastrophically between the wars in Western Europe. Artaud's work itself has two sets of doubles: one, a body of peculiarly persistent received interpretations from the American experimental theater and French poststructuralist readings of the 1960s, and, two, a darker set of doubles that this book's historical examination brings to light---those of his contemporaries who, in the tumultuous, alienated, and pessimistic atmosphere enveloping much of Europe after World War I, denounced the degradation of civilization, yearned for cosmic purification, and called for an ecstatic loss of the self. This book represents a radical re-thinking of one of the most canonized figures in theater history, theory, and practice---a re-thinking that will generate provocative new discussions about Artaud and fundamentally challenge the way we look at his work and ideas.

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472117369
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 544 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 28 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"[Jannarone] argues in her enlightening and engaging book that "Artaud" was invented in the 1960s in widespread misreadings of The Theatre and Its Double." - Iris Smith Fischer, University of Kansas, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism
"Kimberly Jannarone's recent monograph Artaud and His Doubles is truly one of the most profoundly original and thought-provoking works of literary criticism dedicated to Antonin Artaud to date."
--Keith Moser, Dalhousie French Studies 97
--Keith Moser "Dalhousie French Studies 97 "
"Jannarone has written a remarkable book about Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty.. This fascinating study should shake the foundations of Artaudian scholarship."
-- S. W. Cole, Bridgewater College, CHOICE - Highly Recommended
..".a daring and rigorous historical reinterpretation that defies critical consensus on Artaud." - Lara Cox, University of Exeter, French Studies
" I commend Jannarone for expanding my knowledge of theatre history and the Artaud phenomenon, and especially for forcing me to rethink and defend my position on this 'madman.'"
--Les Essif, University of Tennessee, Text & Presentation
--Les Essif "Text & Presentation "
"Among the most significant books written about the avantgarde in the last three decades."
--Mike Sell, TDR: The Drama Review--Mike Sell "The Drama Review "
"Artaud and His Doubles brilliantly addresses our growing uneasiness with Artaud's explicit attack on reason and his implicit attack on democracy...this book contributes to a clearer rendering of a charismatic individual who, while occasionally speaking of a type of artistic freedom, did not hide his intention to create a theatre reflecting the menace he perceived in the world."
--Iris Smith Fischer, University of Kansas, Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism-- (10/08/2012)

..".a daring and rigorous historical reinterpretation that defies critical consensus on Artaud."
--Lara Cox, University of Exeter, French Studies

-- (10/08/2012)

"Jannarone has written a remarkable book about Artaud and the Theatre of Cruelty. This fascinating study should shake the foundations of Artaudian scholarship."
--S. W. Cole, Bridgewater College, CHOICE - Highly Recommended

-- (08/01/2011)
"One of the most profound books to have emerged in theatre studies in recent years. Anyone interested in Artaud and in avant-garde theatre in general should read it."
-- Carl Lavery, Theatre Research International
-- (06/20/2016)
"This is a singularly important book, and its influence is sure to be felt for a long time."-- Matthew Yde, Theatre Journal--Matthew Yde"Theatre Journal" (06/20/2016)
"A well-documented, elegantly written groundbreaking study that provides copious evidence that will change the way theater practitioners view Artaud."-- Gene Plunka, South Central Review--Gene Plunka"South Central Review" (06/20/2016)
"Thus Jannarone reproves and leaps free from the dead weight of much previous Artaud scholarship. To students and scholars concerned with Artaud's philosophical outlook, her book should prove provocative and fertile; to those engaged with his theatrical ideas it represents an indispensable portolan."-- Simon Ferdinand, New Theatre Quarterly-- (06/20/2016)

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