Workshops for Antimodernity: Lothar Schreyer's Artisinal Theatre

April 25, 2013 - 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

106 Bowman House

The Project on Rhetoric of Inquiry (POROI) is pleased to announce a Rhetoric Seminar:

"Workshops for Antimodernity: Lothar Schreyer's Artisinal Theatre"

Jennifer Buckley, Lecturer, Rhetoric

The German theatre director and writer Lothar Schreyer, whom Walter Gropius appointed as the first master of the Bauhaus stage workshop, has been all but written out of the history not only of the Bauhaus, but also of modern theatre. Critics routinely refer to his works as “bizarre” or “fringe.” I contend, however, that Schreyer’s work, in performance and in print, represents an extreme version of the antimodernism that pervaded the interwar avant-garde theatre. His denunciation of drama’s absorption by the institution of literature, created and sustained by mass print, places him firmly within an antitextual tradition in the theatre that continues into the 21st century. More broadly, I argue that our accounts of modern theatre, and of modernism more generally, need to fully comprehend the antimodern impulses that coursed through even the most radical of the avant-gardes.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
11:30am-1pm, 106 Bowman House

A light lunch will be served.

The paper is available here:
POROI encourages seminar guests to read papers in advance of presentations and offers the opportunity for substantial interaction among presenters and audience.

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