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Munich and Theatrical Modernism

Politics, Playwriting, and Performance, 1890–1914

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$84.00 • £60.95 • €75.50

ISBN 9780674588356

Publication: November 1985


424 pages

5 line illustrations, 13 tables


[This] excellent book deals with many manifestations of theatrical modernism in the pre-war Bavarian capital, including the ‘carnivalesque’ works of Frank Wedekind and Oskar Panizza, the political cabaret of groups like the Elf Scharfrichter, and the efforts to fuse Catholicism and modernism in the erotic drama of Heinrich Lautensack… A thoughtful as well as a richly detailed cultural history.—David Blackbourn, History

[An] absorbing interdisciplinary study… Jelavich’s account of those two and a half decades is filled with descriptive details and extensively researched findings… The book is fascinating reading and provides an excellent example of interdisciplinary writing.—Johannes Maczewski, German Studies Review

An excellent book… Jelavich’s work is filled with shrewd insights… Particularly interesting are his account of Georg Fuchs’s experiments in theatrical form and his concluding observations about the connections between prewar theatrical modernism, which was so often frustrated by the operation of the censorship in Munich, and Dadaism, the Expressionist theater, and the drama of Bertolt Brecht.—Gordon A. Craig, Journal of Modern History

Speaks lucidly, informatively, and interestingly of an important place at an exciting time in theatrical and cultural history.—J. L. Hibberd, Modern Language Review