Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception, 1977-1999

Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception, 1977-1999

Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception, 1977-1999

Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception, 1977-1999

Synopsis

This collection of articles by both German literature specialists and German theater experts grew out of the Comparative Drama Conference held annually between February and March from 1977 to 1999 in Gainesville, Florida. At the center of the contributors' work is the productive tension between the literary and the performance aspects of German drama and theater. At the same time, the reception is truly American, since the German playwrights, directors, theorists, and dramatists discussed have gone through creative filters in the researching, performing, and teaching of German drama and theater on various campuses across the United States during the last third of the twentieth century.

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One would not expect a business concept such as “comparative advantage” to be used in a cultural context. However, when the Comparative Drama Conference took place annually from 1977 through 1999 at the University of Florida, when North Florida or the “other” Florida in which Gainesville is located being in its most attractive time of the year, comparative advantage does indeed apply. It happened to coincide with spring break, a more all-embracing American academic concept.

Indeed, the Comparative Drama Conference was the brain child of Karelisa Hartigan, professor of Classical Greek in the Department of Classics at the University of Florida. From its inception, the Comparative Drama Conference was intended to bring scholars of drama and theater from the various national literatures commonly taught at American colleges and universities together for the traditional academic ritual of presenting papers, with the additional opportunity to attend a number of performances at the local theaters. After the first five years of the conference, enough talent was generated by 1982 that a selection of the presentations could be published in a separate annual volume of a series entitled Text and Presentation: Papers of the University of Florida Department of Classics Comparative Drama Conference. Most of the contributions in the present collection were previously published in that series.

From these early years through 1999, an average of eighty papers were presented annually at the Conference. The largest numbers of papers were in the area of American and British drama and theater, and, given the home base of the Conference, in Greek drama and its contemporary actualizations. German drama and theater . . .

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