Russian Symbolist Theater: An Anthology of Plays and Critical Texts

Russian Symbolist Theater: An Anthology of Plays and Critical Texts

by Michael Green

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Overview

Although by writers better known for their verse and narrative prose, the plays of the Symbolists were not intended, like the dramatic poems of the Romantics, for the study rather than the stage. Instead, they are highly theatrical creations in a new style that demanded a new style of production. Meyerhold played a decisive role in the new Symbolist theatre and it was his production of Blok’s The Puppet Show in Komissarzhevskaya’s Theatre that launched the new direction in Russian drama. Among the works collected here are the plays The Puppet Show and The Rose and the Cross (Blok), The Triumph of Death (Sologub), The Comedy of Alexis and The Venetian Madcaps (Kuzmin), Thamyris Kitharodos (Annensky), and The Tragedy of Judas (Remizov) and essays by Briusov, Blok, Ivanov, Bely, Sologub, and Andreyev. Rounding out this essential anthology are Michael Green’s general introduction, as well as insightful prefaces for each writer, placing the plays and essays into their cultural and historical contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468308129
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 05/28/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Michael Green is Professor Emeritus of Russian literature at the University of California, Irvine. His translations include Mahogany by Boris Pilnyak and Mikhail Kuzmin: Selected Prose and Poetry, both available from Ardis.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Valery Briusov

Introduction 22

Against Naturalism in the Theatre 24

Aleksandr Blok

Introduction 30

The Dictatorship of the Director 34

For a Theatre of Action 37

Vera Fiodorovna Komissarzhevskaya 40

The Puppet Show 42

The Rose and the Cross 54

Viacheslav Ivanov

Introduction 106

The Need for Dionysian Theatre 109

Annensky as Dramatist 117

Andrei Bely

Introduction 122

The Cherry Orchard 125

Against Reviving the Greek Theatre 129

Fyodor Sologub

Introduction 136

The Theatre of the Single Will 140

The Triumph of Death 157

Mikhail Kuzmin

Introduction 193

The Comedy of Alexis, Man of God 197

The Venetian Madcaps 217

Innokenty Annensky

Introduction 238

Thamyris Kitharodos 241

Aleksei Remizov

Introduction 304

The Tragedy of Judas, Prince of Iscariot 308

Leonid Andreyev

Introduction 352

Theatre and the Inner Life 355

The Failure of the Symbolist Theatre 358

Chekhov as Panpsychologist 360

The Theatre of the Future 363

Notes 365

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"Thamyris Kitharodos is above all a work of verbal creation. Annensky's faith in the power of the word is boundless. His ability to convey in words all the colors of the spectrum is especially remarkable." —Osip Mandelstam

"The first move toward the determination of the direction of my art was the fortunate invention of plans for Blok's wonder The Puppet Show." —Vsevolod Meyerhold

"Thamyris Kitharodos is above all a work of verbal creation. Annensky’s faith in the power of the word is boundless. His ability to convey in words all the colors of the spectrum is especially remarkable." —Osip Mandelstam

"The first move toward the determination of the direction of my art was the fortunate invention of plans for Blok’s wonder The Puppet Show." —Vsevolod Meyerhold

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