National Dramas and Cabaret Nights: Theater in Modern Polish Culture.


Explores the vital functions of the theater established during Poland's foreign occupation (1795-1918) and continuing throughout the 20th century – as a showcase for the nation, expression of political protest, a temple of spiritually transformative art, and a refuge of topical, satirical entertainment. Highlighted topics include the important national dramas of Mickiewicz and Wyspianski; absurdist satires by Witkacy, Gombrowicz, and Mrozek; pre-war cabarets and postwar alternative experimental theater; and Grotowski's revolutionary theories about theater, the dramatic text, and the player/audience relationship. One course.

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