Theatre Audiences A Theory of Production and Reception

ISBN-10: 0415157234

ISBN-13: 9780415157230

Edition: 2nd 1997 (Revised)

Authors: Susan Bennett

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Susan Bennett's landmark work, Theatre Audiences, explores the audience's role in traditional & avant-garde theatre, & the impact of the spectator upon the performance itself. This 2nd edition includes a new chapter, new conclusion & illustrations.
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Book details

List price: $46.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 10/29/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Hans Fallada is a pseudonym of Rudolf Ditzen, who was born in Greifswald, Germany, in 1893. Many of Fallada's works, including the posthumously published The Drinker, were about his life, which was rife with addictions and instability. Another subject of his works was his homeland Germany. Earlier works, including international bestseller Little Man, What Now?, show a Germany that would allow itself to become a Nazi nation under Hitler. Later works deal with the aftermath and guilt of this decision. He died on February 5, 1947, in Berlin.Before WWII , German writer Hans Fallada’s novels were international bestsellers, on a par with those of his countrymen Thomas Mann and Herman Hesse. In America, Hollywood even turned his first big novel,Little Man, What Now?into a major motion picture. Learning the movie was made by a Jewish producer, however, Hitler decreed Fallada’s work could no longer be sold outside Germany, and the rising Nazis began to pay him closer attention. When he refused to join the Nazi party he was arrested by the Gestapo—who eventually released him, but thereafter regularly summoned him for “discussions” of his work. However, unlike Mann, Hesse, and others, Fallada refused to flee to safety, even when his British publisher, George Putnam, sent a private boat to rescue him. The pressure took its toll on Fallada, and he resorted increasingly to drugs and alcohol for relief. After Goebbels ordered him to write an anti-Semitic novel, he snapped and found himself imprisoned in an asylum for the “criminally insane”—considered a death sentence under Nazi rule. To forestall the inevitable, he pretended to write the assignment for Goebbels, while actually composing three encrypted books—including his tour de force novelThe Drinker—in such dense code that they were not deciphered until long after his death. Fallada outlasted the Reich and was freed at war’s end. But he was a shattered man. To help him recover by putting him to work, Fallada’s publisher gave him the Gestapo file of a simple, working-class couple who had resisted the Nazis. Inspired, Fallada completedEvery Man Dies Alonein just twenty-four days. He died in February 1947, just weeks before the book’s publication.

Preface to the new edition
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Historical approaches
Contemporary concerns
Theories of Reading and Viewing
Starting with Brecht
Reader-response theory
Other approaches to the reader
Semiotics and post-structuralism in theatre and film studies
The Audience and Theatre
Culture and the idea of the theatrical event
Selection: the relationship between production and reception
On the threshold of theatre
Performance
Post-performance
Spectatorship Across Culture
Fascination and obsession
Translation and meaning
Intercultural exchange
Reviewing spectatorship
Conclusion
Appendix
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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