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Theaters of the Everyday

Aesthetic Democracy on the American Stage

Häftad,  Engelska, 2018-03-30
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Theaters of the Everyday: Aesthetic Democracy on the American Stage reveals a vital but little-recognized current in American theatrical history: the dramatic representation of the quotidian and mundane. Jacob Gallagher-Ross shows how twentieth-century American theater became a space for negotiating the demands of innovative form and democratic availability. Offering both fresh reappraisals of canonical figures and movements and new examinations of theatrical innovators, Theaters of the Everyday reveals surprising affinities between artists often considered poles apart, such as John Cage and Lee Strasberg, and Thornton Wilder and the New York experimentalist Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Gallagher-Ross persuasively shows how these creators eschew conventional definitions of dramatic action and focus attention on smaller but no less profound dramas of perception, consciousness, and day-to-day life. Gallagher-Ross traces some of the intellectual roots of the theater of the everyday to American transcendentalism, with its pragmatic, process philosophy as well as its sense of quotidian experience as the wellspring of aesthetic awareness. Telling a new story about the American theater, Theaters of the Everyday adds drama and performance to scholarly conversations about the centrality of the everyday to artistic and literary modernism.
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Gallagher-Rosss writing is lucid, supple, and precise, and his prose gives pleasure in itself. He does an excellent job of placing each of his subjects in its literary/theatrical context, and it is impressive that he is able to pursue his themes across such a diverse group of performance practitioners. A marvelous book."" - Philip Auslander, author of Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture ""This is an elegantly written and philosophically rich study of American theater artists, and one that productively uncovers an avant-garde attentiveness to the everyday concealed by the overly broad mantle of realism."" - Laura Levin, author of Performing Ground: Space, Camouflage, and the Art of Blending In

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Jacob Gallagher-Ross is an assistant professor of English and drama at the University of Toronto.