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New Russian Drama

An Anthology

Ed. by Hanukai, Maksim / Weygandt, Susanna

With an introd. by Schechner, Richard

Series:Russian Library

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS

    30,95 € / $34.99 / £27.50*

    eBook (PDF)
    Publication Date:
    2019
    Copyright year:
    2019
    To be published:
    August 2019
    ISBN
    978-0-231-54584-6
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    Overview

    Aims and Scope

    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.

    Details

    COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY PRESS
    Language:
    English
    Readership:
    Professional and scholarly;General/trade;

    More ...

    Maksim Hanukai is assistant professor of Russian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

    Susanna Weygandt is instructor of Russian at Saint Louis University.

    Reviews

    Boris Wolfson, Amherst College:
    This is theater that stuns, wounds, and transforms its readers and viewers. The texts gathered and expertly contextualized here offer us an opportunity to imagine and experience word as action, with culture and politics, emotion and ideology coming together to reshape the possibilities of the stage.

    Duška Radosavljević, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London:
    There has never been a more important moment to stay connected to Russian theater and culture. This rich, comprehensive, and timely anthology offers a vital and inspiring lifeline for scholars, students, theater makers, and the general public alike.

    Christian Parker, Columbia University:
    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.

    Julie Curtis, University of Oxford:
    As the second decade of the twenty-first century draws to a close, this timely and skillfully edited anthology of plays written in Russian introduces us to the inventive genius and sheer courage of young dramatists who continue to defy the aesthetic, social, and political conservatism of Putin’s Russia.

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