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Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1950-2000

A Critical Anthology

Robert Knopf (Editor), Julia Listengarten (Editor)


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This critical anthology assembles an international selection of influential avant-garde plays from the second half of the twentieth century. Supplemented by essays by major theater practitioners, the book approaches the recent avant-garde as a non-linear, pluralistic phenomenon, includes collaborative constructed scripts, and highlights the complex dynamic between avant-garde text and performance.

Praise For Theater of the Avant-Garde, 1950-2000: A Critical Anthology

“This anthology offers a rare combination of breadth and depth, without becoming a brick-heavy tome of plays . . . it’s a useful text for anyone wanting greater entrée into the world of the theatrically avant-garde.”—Justin Maxwell, Rain Taxi

— Justin Maxwell

Yale University Press, 9780300134230, 568pp.

Publication Date: March 29, 2011

About the Author

Robert Knopf is professor of theatre and director of theatre studies, University at Buffalo/SUNY. Julia Listengarten is associate professor of theater, University of Central Florida.