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By David Krasner

Overlaying the interval 1879 to 1959, and taking in every little thing from Ibsen to Beckett, this e-book is quantity considered one of a two-part finished exam of the performs, dramatists, and events that include glossy global drama.Contains exact research of performs and playwrights, connecting issues and delivering unique interpretationsIncludes assurance of non-English works and traditions to create an international view of contemporary dramaConsiders the impression of modernism in paintings, song, literature, structure, society, and politics at the formation of recent dramatic literatureTakes an interpretative and analytical method of glossy dramatic texts instead of targeting creation historyIncludes insurance of the ways that staging practices, layout innovations, and appearing types proficient the development of the dramas

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100 It is not merely Woyzeck’s obsession with money that matters, but a modern concept of money in which possession preempts and renders unnecessary all pre-monetary forms of social relationships: reciprocity, redistribution, kinship, ritual, family, and morality. Money allows one to fulfill several needs, avoid moral turpitude, and reflect on philosophical conditions. For Büchner money provides the power to enlarge one’s knowledge, assist in reflection, and override others’ judgment. ” Social observers, journalists, and intellectuals grew increasingly concerned with the pitiable plight of the lower classes.

In one scene after another he is forced to eat only peas, required to hold his urine until told to release it, and humiliated by his lover’s public betrayal. indd 26 8/11/2011 3:17:59 PM Introduction 27 treated hardly above the circus animals he views. He observes his live-in lover, Marie, have an affair with the Drum Major, and the affair is made public in a dance hall. Humiliated, he follows them, watches them dance, tries to defy the stronger and more athletic Drum Major, and ends up taking a terrific beating in public.

Equally impressive is the way Büchner incorporates the impact of war on ordinary people. Woyzeck is a conscript, a “lifer” in the army serving for nothing more than a paycheck, bed, and consistent meal. He agrees to serve as a guinea pig in scientific experimentation for additional pay, his body and mind no more than a cell under a microscope. His duties in the service include shaving officers as well as other menial tasks. Most importantly, Woyzeck is poor and at the disposal of warring heads-of-state, a pawn to the newly conceived notion of modern warfare.

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