Bakhtin and Theatre: Dialogues with Stanislavski, Meyerhold and Grotowski

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Bakhtin and Theatre is the first book to explore the relation between Bakhtin's ideas and the theatre practice of his time. In that time, Stanislavsky co-founded the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 and continued to develop his ideas about theatre until his death in 1938. Stanislavsky's pupil Meyerhold embraced the Russian Revolution and created some stunningly revolutionary productions in the 1920s, breaking with the realism of his former teacher. Less than twenty years after Stanislavsky's death and Meyerhold's assassination, a young student called Grotowski was studying in Moscow, soon to break the mould with his Poor Theatre. All three directors challenged the prevailing notion of theatre, drawing on, disagreeing with and challenging each other's idea. Bakhtin's early writings about action, character and authorship provide a revealing framework for understanding this dialogue between these masters of twentieth-century theatre.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAbingdon
Number of pages264
ISBN (Electronic)9781315709659
ISBN (Print)9781138891449, 9781138891456
Publication statusPublished - 7 Aug 2015


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