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Total Teater: Samhällsutopier på scen under Weimarrepubliken
Linköping University, REMESO - Institute for Research on Migration, Ethnicity and Society. Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2007-3736
2012 (Swedish)In: K & K: kultur og klasse : kritik og kulturanalyse, ISSN 0905-6998, Vol. 46, no 114, 77-92 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Highlighting a crucial topic in the utopian aesthetics developed in the European interwar period, this article discusses the radical ideas of placing society on stage, and of turning theater into a medium for the self-representation of society. Illustrations and examples are drawn mainly from Erwin Piscator, and his collaboration with Walter Gropius in a project that they conceived of as ”the Total Theater” (Das Totaltheater). As the essay argues, these ideas of a new stage craft and performance were perhaps the most daring interventions among the wild and unruly democratic experiments of the Weimar Republic, and they usefully illustrates what Walter Benjamin had in mind as he, in the same period, cryptically endorsed the aesthetico-political idea of an artwork that is "being absorbed by the masses"

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Århus: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 2012. Vol. 46, no 114, 77-92 p.
Keyword [en]
Proletarian theater, crowd psychology, politics and art, Weimar republic, Erwin Piscator, Walter Gropius, Totaltheater
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General Literature Studies History of Ideas Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-78345OAI: diva2:532154
Available from: 2012-06-09 Created: 2012-06-09 Last updated: 2015-09-22

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