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Brecht and Critical Theory - Dialectics and Contemporary Aesthetics (Paperback): Sean Carney Brecht and Critical Theory - Dialectics and Contemporary Aesthetics (Paperback)
Sean Carney
R915 Discovery Miles 9 150 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Arguing that Brecht's aesthetic theories are still highly relevant today, and that an appreciation of his theory and theatre is essential to an understanding of modern critical theory, this book examines the influence of Brecht's aesthetic on the pre-eminent materialist critics of the twentieth century: Louis Althusser, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Frederic Jameson, Theodor W. Adorno and Raymond Williams. Re-reading Brecht through the lens of post-structuralism, Sean Carney asserts that there is a Lacanian Brecht and a Derridean Brecht: the result of which is a new Brecht whose vital importance for the present is located in decentred theories of subjectivity. Brecht and Critical Theory maps the many ways in which Brechtian thinking pervades critical thought today, informing the critical tools and stances that make up the contemporary study of aesthetics.

Brecht and Critical Theory - Dialectics and Contemporary Aesthetics (Hardcover): Sean Carney Brecht and Critical Theory - Dialectics and Contemporary Aesthetics (Hardcover)
Sean Carney
R2,332 Discovery Miles 23 320 Shipped within 7 - 12 working days

Arguing that Brecht 's aesthetic theories are still highly relevant today, and that an appreciation of his theory and theatre is essential to an understanding of modern critical theory, this book examines the influence of Brecht 's aesthetic on the pre-eminent materialist critics of the twentieth century: Louis Althusser, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Frederic Jameson, Theodor W. Adorno and Raymond Williams.

Re-reading Brecht through the lens of post-structuralism, Sean Carney asserts that there is a Lacanian Brecht and a Derridean Brecht: the result of which is a new Brecht whose vital importance for the present is located in decentred theories of subjectivity.

Brecht and Critical Theory maps the many ways in which Brechtian thinking pervades critical thought today, informing the critical tools and stances that make up the contemporary study of aesthetics.

Bred for Extinction (Paperback): Patrick Sean Carney Bred for Extinction (Paperback)
Patrick Sean Carney
R298 Discovery Miles 2 980 Shipped within 7 - 11 working days
The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition): Sean Carney The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy (Hardcover, 3rd Revised edition)
Sean Carney
R1,197 R1,121 Discovery Miles 11 210 Save R76 (6%) Special order

The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy is a detailed study of the idea of the tragic in the political plays of David Hare, Howard Barker, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, Sarah Kane, and Jez Butterworth. Through an in-depth analysis of over sixty of their works, Sean Carney argues that their dramatic exploration of tragic experience is an integral part of their ongoing politics. This approach allows for a comprehensive rather than selective study of both the politics and poetics of their work.

Carney's attention to the tragic enables him to find a common discourse among the canonical English playwrights of an older generation and representatives of the nineties generation, challenging the idea that there is a sharp generational break between these groups. Finally, Carney demonstrates that tragic experience is often denied by the social discourse of Englishness, and that these playwrights make a crucial critical intervention by dramatizing the tragic.

The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy (Paperback): Sean Carney The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy (Paperback)
Sean Carney
R655 Discovery Miles 6 550 Special order

The Politics and Poetics of Contemporary English Tragedy is a detailed study of the idea of the tragic in the political plays of David Hare, Howard Barker, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Mark Ravenhill, Sarah Kane, and Jez Butterworth. Through an in-depth analysis of over sixty of their works, Sean Carney argues that their dramatic exploration of tragic experience is an integral part of their ongoing politics. This approach allows for a comprehensive rather than selective study of both the politics and poetics of their work. Carney's attention to the tragic enables him to find a common discourse among the canonical English playwrights of an older generation and representatives of the nineties generation, challenging the idea that there is a sharp generational break between these groups. Finally, Carney demonstrates that tragic experience is often denied by the social discourse of Englishness, and that these playwrights make a crucial critical intervention by dramatizing the tragic.

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