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    Brecht’s anti-theatricality? Reflections on Brecht’s place in Michael Fried’s conceptual framework

    Von held, Phoebe (2017) Brecht’s anti-theatricality? Reflections on Brecht’s place in Michael Fried’s conceptual framework. Journal of Visual Culture 16 (1), pp. 28-42. ISSN 1470-4129.

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    Abstract

    In ‘Art and Objecthood’ (1967), Michael Fried articulates an uncompromising rejection of the theatre. His critique reaches as far as to expel the theatre from the realm of the arts and excludes it from the Modernist project. However, he exempts two theatre vanguardists from his argument, Bertolt Brecht and Antonin Artaud, who in his view developed anti-theatrical strategies as part of their aspirations to reform the theatre. This article examines whether Fried’s inclusion of Brecht into his anti-theatrical paradigm was justified or whether it was mere appropriation. It furthermore probes into Fried’s category of anti-theatricality within the conceptual framework of Brecht’s dramaturgical reflections and its validity as a key marker of Modernism.

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    Item Type: Article
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > English and Humanities
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2017 13:06
    Last Modified: 18 Jul 2017 13:06
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/19081

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