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Theatricality as Medium

Samuel Weber


Ever since Aristotle's Poetics, both the theory and the practice of theater have been governed by the assumption that theater is a form of representation dominated by what Aristotle calls the muthos, or the “plot.” This conception of theater has subordinated characteristics related to the theatrical medium, such as the process and place of staging, to the demands of a unified narrative. This book explores theatrical writings that question this aesthetical-generic conception and seeks instead to work with the medium of theatricality itself. Beginn ... More

Keywords: theater, Aristotle, muthos, plot, staging, narrative, Plato, Shakespeare, Kierkegaard, Kafka

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780823224159
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011 DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823224159.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samuel Weber, author
Avalon Professor of Comparative Literature, Northwestern University