Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre (Hardback)
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Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 06/01/2000
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This is a study of one of theatre's quietest but most radical innovators. The playwright, poet, and essayist Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) has been called the prodigal father of the Theatre of the Absurd. Admired by writers as diverse as Mallarme and Yeats, Artaud and Strindberg, Chekhov and Jarry, Maeterlinck was the most celebrated avant-garde playwright of his day. By 1900 he had given theatre a new set of bearings: 'static theatre', 'the theatre of the unexpressed', and 'the tragic of the everyday'. He had, according to Rilke, relocated theatre's centre of gravity, replacing action with inaction, events with the eventless, and dialogue with a semantics of silence as expressive as any of Symbolism's most sophisticated poetic constructions. The author of the supreme Symbolist play, Pelleas and Melisande, and of haunting, minimalist dramas of waiting (L'Intruse, Les Aveugles, Interieur), Maeterlinck laid the foundations for the most revolutionary theatre of the twentieth century. Opening with a chapter on Maeterlinck's Symbolist and decadent beginnings, and proceeding by way of comparative readings of Maeterlinck and contemporary Symbolist dramatic theory (with particular attention to Mallarme), Maurice Maeterlinck and the Making of Modern Theatre provides close readings of the one-act plays, and his seminal theories of static theatre and the theatre of waiting.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780198159773
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 447 g
Dimensions: 224 x 144 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
McGuiness's book would be worth reading for the last two chapters alone, but the whole is a major contribution to understanding of Maeterlinck's drama both in itself and as mediation between Symbolism and later theatre * Forum for Modern Language Studies *
Essential reading for anyone interested in Maeterlinck or turn-of-the-century theatre * Nineteenth-Century French Studies *
One of the strong points of this rich and suggestive study is its treatment of Maeterlinck's views and uses of language * Nineteenth-Century French Studies *
Strongly argued and extremely persuasive book * John Stokes, Times Literary Supplement *

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