The Modern Russian Theater: A Literary and Cultural History: A Literary and Cultural History

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  • Copyright: 2009-02-15
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This comprehensive and original survey of Russian theater in the twentieth century and into the twenty-first encompasses the major productions of directors such as Meyerhold, Stanislavsky, Tovstonogov, Dodin, and Liubimov that drew from Russian and world literature. It is based on a close analysis of adaptations of literary works by Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Blok, Bulgakov, Sholokhov, Rasputin, Abramov, and many others. The Modern Russian Theater is the result of more than two decades of research as well as the author's professional experience working with the Russian director Yuri Liubimov in Moscow and London. The book traces the transformation of literary works into the brilliant stagecraft that characterizes Russian theater. It uses the perspective of theater performances to engage all the important movements of modern Russian culture, including modernism, socialist realism, post-modernism, and the creative renaissance of the first decades since the Soviet regime's collapse.

Table of Contents

Predisposition: The Theater of Literature
Beginnings and Ends: 1900-1917
Literature, Philosophy, and Literary Criticism
Theater Criticism and the Conditions of Theater
A Little Tomfoolery
The Self, the Saint, and the Moral Charm of Crickets: The Petty Demon; Alexis, Man of God; Cricket on the Hearth
The Moscow Art Theater
Postscripts of the Self
Revolution and the Twenties
Political Bouffe
Commedia della Death
Adapting to Socialist Realism
The Peasant Hypocrite: Okhlopkov
MAT, Bulgakov, and the Art of Compromise
Bulgakov's Love Affairs
The Lessons of Socialist Realism
The Age of Red Aquarius
The Cold Thaw
The Saving Idiot
At Full Voice
The Past Regained
Village Theater
City Theater
The Strange Horse
Intrusions on Political Orthodoxies
The BDT and Tolstoy's Yardstick
In Dostoevsky's Corner: Brother Alesha
Lady Macbeth and Junona and Avos
A Tale of Inspection
The End of Communism and the Survival of Theater
Debating Adaptations
Kharms's Absurdities
Sentimentalism, Musicals, and Bulgakov Return
Dostoevsky's Subversions of Sentiment
The Master on Stage Again: The Master and Margarita
The Performance of Absence: Vladimir Vysotsky
Adapting Tragedy
The Nineties and Beyond: Ends and Beginnings
Beyond Politics
Quoting Dostoevsky
Quoting Pushkin
Quoting Gogol
Quoting Chekhov
Beyond History
About the Author
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