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Staged : show trials, political theater, and the aesthetics of judgment

Author: Minou Arjomand
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"No one uses the term "show trial" as a compliment: we usually understand theater as antithetical to the workings of justice. But after the Second World War, directors and playwrights like Bertolt Brecht, Erwin Piscator, Peter Weiss, and Arthur Miller sought to claim a new public role for theater by restaging trials as shows. In the two decades after the War, the Moscow show trials, Nuremberg trials, House  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Literary criticism
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Minou Arjomand
ISBN: 9780231184885 0231184883
OCLC Number: 1035460965
Description: xv, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Show trials and political theatre --
Hannah Arendt : judging in dark times --
Bertolt Brecht : poetic justice --
Erwin Piscator : theatre after Auschwitz --
Trials in Nuremberg --
Archives, law, and theatre today.
Responsibility: Minou Arjomand.

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Minou Arjomand draws on a rich archive of postwar German and American performances to reveal theater as a place for forms of judgment that are inadmissible in a courtroom but indispensable for public  Read more...

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In crystal-clear prose, Staged examines the unique relation between political thought and theater in German and German-American theater from the 1920s to the 1970s, one born from the historical Read more...

 
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