By David Krasner

Content material:
Chapter 1 advent (pages 1–31):
Chapter 2 the cost of Freedom (pages 39–79):
Chapter three Unhinged Subjectivity (pages 80–108):
Chapter four Aboulia (pages 109–135):
Chapter five emerging Symbolism (pages 145–157):
Chapter 6 emerging Expressionism (pages 158–166):
Chapter 7 Rural Realism (pages 171–177):
Chapter eight city Realism (pages 178–181):
Chapter nine confident ardour (pages 182–188):
Chapter 10 The crusade opposed to Earnestness (pages 189–192):
Chapter eleven Distorted Modernism (pages 195–202):
Chapter 12 Lyrical Modernism (pages 203–209):
Chapter thirteen Sentimental Modernism (pages 210–214):
Chapter 14 Eros and Thanatos (pages 217–225):
Chapter 15 Robots and Automatons (pages 226–228):
Chapter sixteen Farce and Parody (pages 229–234):
Chapter 17 Gaming the approach (pages 235–258):
Chapter 18 Illusions (pages 265–274):
Chapter 19 Delusions (pages 275–280):
Chapter 20 goals (pages 281–288):
Chapter 21 Gender (pages 289–292):
Chapter 22 Race (pages 293–299):
Chapter 23 The Farce of Intimacy (pages 307–314):
Chapter 24 The Tragedy of Intimacy (pages 315–323):
Chapter 25 Beckett Impromptu (pages 325–348):

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94 Büchner’s Woyzeck (1836) is also an historical play, but unlike Danton’s Death, it concerns the lower class. The narrative is based on a soldier executed for murdering his prostitute lover. The trial of the actual Woyzeck was one of the first clinical case studies of insanity. In several scenes in the play Woyzeck, a common soldier, is horribly abused and unable to cope. The passive title character is brutalized in a series of encounters with the people he depends on to subsist, primarily a doctor who pays him to participate in scientific experiments and the sneering captain of his regiment.

He was a philosopher, scientist, radical socialist, political agitator, playwright – and dead at the age of twenty-three. His nascent socialism pre-dates Marx by more than a decade; his essays set the ground for realism’s rejection of romanticism; his episodic style of playwriting anticipates Brecht; his plays are precursors for expressionism, naturalism, theatre of the grotesque, and theatre of the absurd; and his scientific research in anatomy earned him a lectureship at the University of Zurich, one of the leading European centers of higher education – all before his twenty-third birthday.

2012 David Krasner. Published 2012 by Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 40 A History of Modern Drama for the Norwegian Theatre of Bergen, a post whose duties entailed writing for the residential company, directing, and consulting on theatrical matters. Despite the fact that he considered the work tedious, the period of gestation through apprenticeship and directing provided a firm foundation for his mature plays. His early works were conventional history plays, rustic folk dramas, and farces. He wrote two powerful dramatic-epic poems, Brand and Peer Gynt.

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