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The Stage as Der Spielraum Gottes Oliva G. Gabor

The Stage as Der Spielraum Gottes

Oliva G. Gabor

Published November 24th 2006
ISBN : 9783039102686
Paperback
254 pages
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Until the second half of the nineteenth century, the concept of the divine plays an obvious and major role in German literature. Through an analysis of twentieth-century German theatre, this book investigates continuities and discontinuities of thisMoreUntil the second half of the nineteenth century, the concept of the divine plays an obvious and major role in German literature. Through an analysis of twentieth-century German theatre, this book investigates continuities and discontinuities of this tradition. More specifically, it examines the modern estrangement from religious traditions coupled with the modern alienation from language. This work, however, reveals that there is also a continued divine presence on the stage in modernity, despite the general historical turn toward secular atheism. It deals with divine presence in the plays of Hugo von Hofmannsthal, Wolfgang Borchert, Bertolt Brecht and Friedrich Durrenmatt and analyzes their struggles with the limitations of language. The book demonstrates how these playwrights turn their skepticism toward language into a theatre where the stage becomes a playground for the divine.