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Fascism and Theatre
Comparative Studies on the Aesthetics and Politics of Performance in Europe, 1925-1945
Edited by Günter Berghaus
304 pages, 45 photos, bibliog., index
ISBN 978-1-57181-877-5 $135.00/£99.00 / Hb / Published (May 1996)
ISBN 978-1-57181-901-7 $34.95/£27.95 / Pb / Published (May 1996)
eISBN 978-1-78533-047-6 eBook
"... [an] important and well-compiled collection ... Berghaus' superb introductory piece reminds us how severely distorted the lens through which we regard these troubling two decades has become ... [he] seeks ... to enlist the relatively new discipline of 'theatre anthropology' [and] the results are most impressive." · German Studies Review
"... an important addition to the literature ... a fascinating, authoritative and highly informative collection of essays which will prove invaluable both to the specialist and the student reader." · Theatre Research International
"... represents a fresh perspective on fascist theatre history ... a valuable source book on the politics ... achieves a searching comparative perspective on the phenomenon of Fascist aesthetics and theatrics ... and will be useful both to all students of Fascism and ... students of the performing arts." · The International History Review
Since the 1920s, an endless flow of studies has analyzed the political systems of fascism, theseizure of power, the nature of the regimes, the atrocities committed, and, finally, the wars waged against other countries. However, much less attention has been paid to the strategies of persuasion employed by the regimes to win over the masses for their cause. Among these, fascist propaganda has traditionally been seen as the key means of influencing public opinion. Only recently has the "fascination with Fascism" become a topic of enquiry that has also formed the guiding interest of this volume: it offers, for the first time, a comparative analysis of the forms and functions of theater in countries governed by fascist or para-fascist regimes. By examining a wide spectrum of theatrical manifestations in a number of States with a varying degree of fascistization, these studies establish some of the similarities and differences between the theatrical cultures of several cultures in the interwar period.
Günter Berghaus received his Ph.D. in Theatre Studies and his Habilitation from the Free University of Berlin, he taught at the University of London and now holds a Readership in Theatre History and Performance Studies at the University of Bristol.
Subject: Performance Studies History: World War II Literary Studies
Area: Germany Europe
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