Francisco Nieva and Postmodernist Theatre
|ISBN: 9780708319611 (0708319610)Dyddiad Cyhoeddi Chwefror 2006 |
Cyhoeddwr: Gwasg Prifysgol Cymru / University of Wales Press, CaerdyddFformat: Clawr Caled, 225x143 mm, 188 tudalen
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Astudiaeth wedi'i rhannu'n bum pennod, ar y theatr ôl-fodernaidd. Ceir yma drafodaeth ar bynciau megis diwylliant, rhyw, crefydd a sensoriaeth, yn ogystal ag astudiaeth o'r dramodydd o Sbaen, Francisco Nieva.
A study written in five chapters, about the post-modernist theatre. It discusses topics such as culture, sex, gender, religion and censorship, as well as a study of the Spanish dramatist, Francisco Nieva.
‘Even within the monographs written in Spanish, Aggor’s study makes a genuinely innovative contribution to the field. This is a serious academic analysis with much original interpretation of an important playwright who is still relatively unknown outside his native country. It is clearly written and intellectually coherent, and even when complex aesthetic ideas are involved, the language is not abstruse.’
Dr John London, Reader in Drama and Theatre Arts, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Is postmodernist theatre possible? This question, the source of a protracted debate among theatre critics, has found its most incisive affirmation in this volume. A very readable piece of work, Francisco Nieva and Postmodernist Theatre offers valuable background information on many topics, from popular culture, sex and gender to religious symbolism and censorship to performance theory. The volume will be readily welcome by anyone interested in Spanish theatre and in drama theory and criticism in general.
Marking a radical shift from theatre theorists such as Patrice Pavis, Johannes Birringer and Jane Goodall, Komla Aggor legitimizes the notion of postmodernist theatre in a sophisticated study of the theatre of Spain’s contemporary dramatist Francisco Nieva. In focusing on Nieva, whom Aggor inserts within the ideological parameters of Postismo — a Spanish neo-avant-garde movement of the 1940s — the study transcends Anglo-American models, which have largely moulded the theoretical and historical contours of postmodernism as a whole. Emphasis is laid on the neo-avant-garde attributes of Nieva’s dramaturgy as genuine foundation for a postmodernist dramatic strategy. It was Francisco Nieva, the study concludes, who ushered onto the Spanish stage the postmodernist wave for which Ramón del Valle-Inclán’s innovations paved the way earlier in the twentieth century.
Komla Aggor is Professor of Spanish at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. A graduate of the University of Ghana, he received his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is author of Eros en la poesía de Miguel Hernández and of numerous articles in the field of Hispanic Studies.
Introduction The Debate on Postmodernist Theatre
Chapter I Postismo, Postmodernism, Theatre
Fom Postismo to Postmodernism
The Problematics of Spanish Theatre
Toward a Dramatic Theory
Chapter II Cruelty and Paradox
Nieva and Artaud
The Paradox of Evil
The Paradox of Self-Transcendence
Aesthetic Composition and Doubling in Speech
A Celebration of Open Theatre
Chapter III Metatheatricality
Metadrama as Dramatic Method
The Play within the Play
Ceremony within the Play
Chapter IV Sexual Politics, Gender Politics and the Popular
Nieva and the Popular
The Politics of Sex
The Politics of Gender
Chapter V Performance
A Sisyphean Trajectory
Performance and the Dramatic Text
Corazón de arpía on Stage
Las aventuras de Tirante el Blanco on Stage
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