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Implied Dramaturgy: Robert Musil and the Crisis of Modern Drama

Implied Dramaturgy: Robert Musil and the Crisis of Modern Drama

By Christian Rogowski

This study analyzes Musil's contribution to the praxis and poetics of drama by placing his dramatic efforts in the context of what Peter Szondi has described as the "crisis of modern drama." Musil's plays address such issues as the problem of dramatic mimesis and the question of whether there can be a modern form of tragic drama appropriate to the experience of modernity. Close readings of his texts explore how any drama prefigures the interaction between text/reader and performance/audience by means of self-referential devices. Such an investigation not only reveals a special facet of Musil's oeuvre, but also offers a contribution towards a theory of reading drama, a reading of the printed play as a prefiguration of an enacted event.

Hardcover
313 pages
Ariadne Press, 1993
ISBN 9780929497594

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