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The Theatre as Political Community

David Midgley

in Writing Weimar

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198151791
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191672835 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198151791.003.0004
The Theatre as Political Community

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This chapter is about theatre rather than drama, focusing on its role as the most public medium of literary communication during the period of the Weimar Republic. It shows how the various models of theatre developed during the Weimar period relate historically to each other, and brings out the senses in which even a self-consciously critical style of theatre could run the risk of becoming aligned with the orthodoxies of a particular political subculture. Only in the light of such an inquiry is it possible to assess the scope for a politically aware theatre to sustain and encourage critical openness in the circumstances of the Weimar Republic.

Keywords: Weimar Republic; theatre; literary communication; German culture

Chapter.  18084 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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