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Theatre and evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

Author: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2015]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Evolutionary theory made its stage debut as early as the 1840s, reflecting a scientific advancement that was fast changing the world. Tracing this development in dozens of mainstream European and American plays, as well as in circus, vaudeville, pantomime, and 'missing link' performances, this study reveals the deep, transformative entanglement among science, art and culture in modern times.
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Shepherd-Barr, Kirsten, 1966-
Theatre and evolution from Ibsen to Beckett
(DLC) 2014028479
(OCoLC)890377408
Named Person: Charles Darwin; Charles Darwin
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kirsten Shepherd-Barr
ISBN: 1336033096 9781336033092 9780231538923 0231538928
OCLC Number: 904425647
Language Note: In English.
Awards: Commended for ATHE Outstanding Book Award 2017
Short-listed for British Society for Literature and Science Book Prize 2015
Description: 1 online resource (xiii, 380 pages) : illustrations.
Contents: "I'm evolving!" birds, beasts and parodies --
Confronting the serious side --
"On the contrary!" Ibsen's evolutionary vision --
"Ugly but irresistible": maternal instinct on stage --
Edwardians and Eugenicists --
Reproductive issues --
Midcentury American engagements with evolution --
Beckett's "old muckball" --
Epilogue: staging the anthropocene.
Responsibility: Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr.
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