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New Russian Drama: An Anthology

New Russian Drama: An Anthology
 

This anthology offers an introduction to New Russian Drama through plays that illustrate the versatility and global relevance of this exciting movement. Both politically and aesthetically uncompromising, they chart new paths for performance in the twenty-first century.

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ISBN 9780231185110
Barcode 9780231185110
Release Date 15 July 2019 by Columbia University Press
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English (translated from: Russian)
Author(s) Edited by Hanukai, Maksim
Edited by Weygandt, Susanna
Preface by Schechner, Richard
Series Russian Library
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ISBN-13 9780231185110
ISBN-10 0231185111
Stock Release date is 15 July 2019
Status Available for pre-order, ships once released
Publisher Columbia University Press
Imprint Columbia University Press
Release Date 15 July 2019
International Release Date 6 August 2019
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Language English
Translated from Russian
Author(s) Edited by Hanukai, Maksim
Edited by Weygandt, Susanna
Preface by Schechner, Richard
Series Russian Library
Category Not specified
Number of Pages 504
Dimensions Width: 140mm
Height: 216mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Russian drama - 20th century
ONIX Text Professional and scholarly;General/trade
Dewey Code 891.7208
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

New Russian Drama took shape at the turn of the new millennium-a time of turbulent social change in Russia and the former Soviet republics. Emerging from small playwriting festivals, provincial theaters, and converted basements, it evolved into a major artistic movement that startled audiences with hypernaturalistic portrayals of sex and violence, daring use of non-normative language, and thrilling experiments with genre and form. The movement's commitment to investigating contemporary reality helped revitalize Russian theater. It also provoked confrontations with traditionalists in society and places of power, making theater once again Russia's most politicized art form. This anthology offers an introduction to New Russian Drama through plays that illustrate the versatility and global relevance of this exciting movement. Many of them address pressing social issues, such as ethnic tensions and political disillusionment; others engage with Russia's rich cultural legacy by reimagining traditional genres and canons. Among them are a family drama about Anton Chekhov, a modern production play in which factory workers compose haiku, and a satirical verse play about the treatment of migrant workers, as well a documentary play about a terrorist school siege and a postdramatic text that is only two sentences long. Both politically and aesthetically uncompromising, they chart new paths for performance in the twenty-first century. Acquainting English-language readers with these vital works, New Russian Drama challenges us to reflect on the status and mission of the theater.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review This new anthology of contemporary Russian plays will be invaluable to scholars and theater makers alike. The early years of this young century sparked an unprecedented flourishing of new writing for the theater in Russia. During a window of relative freedom from censorship, these writers dug underneath the surface of Russian society to explore previously taboo subjects like drugs, sex, violence, the fallout from war, and the reality of life in a new economy. With abundant theatricality and often mordant wit, these plays represent some of the best and most enduring works from a vital generation of new Russian playwrights. -- Christian Parker, Columbia University

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Author's Bio

Maksim Hanukai is assistant professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Susanna Weygandt is instructor of Russian at Saint Louis University.

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