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Alfred Kerr

Alfred Kerr  

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(b. Breslau, Germany, 25 Dec. 1867; d. Hamburg, 12 Oct. 1948)Theatre critic. Kerr was an enthusiastic admirer of naturalism, and therefore championed the plays of such writers as Ibsen ...
alienation effect

alienation effect  

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A term used to describe attempts by author or director to prevent the reader or audience from identifying with, trusting, or taking for granted what is happening in the text or on stage: such devices ...
Bertolt Brecht

Bertolt Brecht  

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(1898–1956),German dramatist and poet who emigrated to the US during the Fascist period, then settled in 1949 in East Berlin. His early plays show kinship with Expressionism. Die Dreigroschenoper ...
Caryl Churchill

Caryl Churchill  

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(1938– ),playwright, born in London, and educated at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. Most of her plays, predominantly radical and feminist in tone, have been performed at the Royal Court Theatre, in ...
Christian Dietrich Grabbe

Christian Dietrich Grabbe  

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(1801–36)German dramatist. The author of historical dramas on a grand scale, Grabbe remained largely unperformed in his short lifetime. Works such as the two-play cycle The Hohenstaufens (1827), ...
documentary

documentary  

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Either television, film, video, or radio programme dealing with factual material rather than fictional material, usually with some defined goal to create new insight or exposure to facts.
Heiner Müller

Heiner Müller  

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(1929–1995 ),playwright of the German Democratic Republic, whose first plays, Der Lohndrücker (The Scab, 1950) and Die Korrektur (The Correction, 1958), were propaganda works in the style of Brecht ...
John Howard Lawson

John Howard Lawson  

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(1894–1977),American dramatist, born in New York, educated at Williams College. A committed socialist writer, Lawson's theatrical work spanned the years from 1923 to 1937; thereafter, he abandoned ...
Kateb Yacine

Kateb Yacine  

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(b. Constantine, Algeria, 26 August 1929; d. Grenoble, France, 28 Oct. 1989)Novelist, poet and playwright. His highly poetic plays deal with the struggle of the Algerian people against French ...
Kenneth Tynan

Kenneth Tynan  

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(1927–80),dramatic critic, educated at Magdalen College, Oxford. He wrote for various papers, most influentially for the Observer (1954–63), and championed the plays of Osborne, Wesker, Delaney, ...
Marxist criticism

Marxist criticism  

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A form of cultural criticism that applies Marxist theory to the interpretation of cultural texts. Since neither Karl Marx nor his collaborator Friedrich Engels ever developed a specific form of ...
Peter Weiss

Peter Weiss  

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(b. Nowawes, nr Berlin, 8 Nov. 1916; d. Stockholm, 10 May 1982)Playwright, novelist, film-maker and painter, born in Germany of a Swiss mother and a Czech father. After his ...
propagandism

propagandism  

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The tendency to compose literary works chiefly to serve the purpose of propaganda, that is, writing to persuade people to support a particular religious or political cause. Propagandist writing is ...
tragicomedy

tragicomedy  

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Bastard form of tragedy, being a play dealing with a tragic story which ends unhappily, but which contains certain elements of comedy and the remote possibility of a happy ending. ...

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