The thirty chapters of this innovative international study are all devoted to the topic of the play within the play. The authors explore the wide range of aesthetic, literary-theoretical and philosophical issues associated with this rhetorical device, not only in terms of its original meta-theatrical setting - from the baroque idea of a theatrum mundi onward to contemporary examples of postmodern self-referential dramaturgy - but also with regard to a variety of different generic applications, e.g. in narrative fiction, musical theatre and film. The authors, internationally recognized specialists in their respective fields, draw on recent debates in such areas as postcolonial studies, game and systems theories, media and performance studies, to analyze the specific qualities and characteristics of the play within the play: as ultimate affirmation of the 'self' (the 'Hamlet paradigm'), as a self-reflective agency of meta-theatrical discourse, and as a vehicle of intermedial and intercultural transformation.The challenging study, with its underlying premise of play as a key feature of cultural anthropology and human creativity, breaks new ground by placing the play within the play at the centre of a number of intersecting scholarly discourses on areas of topical concern to scholars in the humanities.
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Gerhard Fischer is Head of German Studies at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. His books on theatre include The Mudrooroo/Muller Project. A Theatrical Casebook (1993) and GRIPS. Geschichte eines popularen Theaters, 1966-2000 (2002). As convenor of the Sydney German Studies Symposia he has edited a number of volumes on modern German literature, including Heiner Muller. ConTEXTS and HISTORY (1995) and (with David Roberts) Schreiben nach der Wende. Ein Jahrzehnt deutscher Literatur, 1989-1999 (2001). Bernhard Greiner is Professor of Modern German Literature at the University of Tubingen, Germany; from 2000-2002 he was the inaugural Walter Benjamin Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Recent publications include Kleists Dramen und Erzahlungen. Experimente zum Fall der Kunst (2000) and Die Komodie: eine theatralische Sendung. Grundlagen und Interpretationen, second, rev. and enlarged edition (2006).