Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama
Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama by Birgit Beumers

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Author: Birgit Beumers
Title: Performing Violence: Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama
ISBN: 1841502693
ISBN13: 978-1841502694
Other Formats: lit doc rtf mbr
Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Intellect Ltd; 2 edition (November 1, 2009)
Language: English
Size PDF version: 1630 kb
Size EPUB version: 1556 kb
Category: Arts & Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts

The so-called “New Russian Drama” emerged at the end of the twentieth century, following a long period of decline in dramatic writing in the late Soviet and post-Soviet era. In Performing Violence, Birgit Beumers and Mark Lipovetsky examine the representation of violence in these new dramatic works by young Russian playwrights. Reflecting the disappointment in Yeltsin’s democratic reforms and Putin’s neoconservative politics, the plays focus on political and social representations of violence, its performances, and its justifications.

As the first English-language study of Russian drama and theatre in the twenty-first century, Performing Violence seeks a vantage point for the analysis of brutality in post-Soviet culture. While previous generations had preferred poetry and prose, this new breed of authors—the Presnyakov brothers, Evgeni Grishkovets, and Vasili Sigarev among them—have garnered international recognition for their fierce plays. This book investigates the violent portrayal of the identity crisis of a generation as represented in their theatrical works, and will be a key text for students and scholars of drama, Russian studies, and literature.


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