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Willy Thayer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823286744

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823286744.001.0001

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The Destruction of Theater

The Destruction of Theater

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Technologies of Critique

Willy Thayer

, John Kraniauskas
Fordham University Press

This chapter discusses how the destruction of the metaphysics of right is at the same time the destruction of the metaphysics of representation. It explains how the destruction of the metaphysics is involved in the destruction of metaphysical theater and Western theater. Strikes and progressive, foundational revolutionary movements have happened and left the marks of both critique and crisis on theater. The chapter analyzes strikes and movements that have nourished the abstract principle of representation and its oppositional dialectic, the topos, dynamic and transferential economy between stage and stalls, state and people. It mentions the Benjaminian pure strike, which is involved in the unworking of theatre, the fetish of revolution, and sovereign strikes whose evangelist version of the extinction of bourgeois theatre has constituted ratification in the negative.

Keywords:   metaphysics, destruction, metaphysical theater, Western theatre, revolutionary, topos, Benjaminian pure strike

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