Nov. 7 | Martin Puchner: Theatre and Philosophy

November 7, 2012 | Source: School of English Language and Literature

The Death of Socrates (1787), by Jacques-Louis David

  Speaker: Martin Puchner (Harvard University, U.S.A.)
Date: November 7, 2012 - Wednesday
Time: 15:00—17:00
Venue: England Hall, SISU International Conference Center, Hongkou Campus
Language: English
Event type: Public Lecture


Summary: This speech will be wide-ranging. It looks into the interactions between philosophy and theatre in Europe, with emphasis on modern British drama.


Speaker Biography: Martin Puchner holds the Byron and Anita Wien Chair in Drama and in English and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, where he also serves as the founding director of the Mellon School of Theater and Performance Research. He is the author of Stage Fright: Modernism, Anti-Theatricality, and Drama (Hopkins, 2002), Poetry of the Revolution: Marx, Manifestos, and the Avant-Gardes (Princeton, 2006; winner of the MLA''''s James Russell Lowell Award) and The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2010). He has published essays in the London Review of Books, Raritan Review, N+1, Yale Journal of Criticism, The Drama Review, The Journal of the History of Ideas, New Literary History, Theatre Research International, and Theatre Journal among others. His edited books and introductions include Six Plays by Henrik Ibsen (Barnes and Noble, 2003), Lionel Abel’s Tragedy and Metatheatre (Holmes and Meier, 2003), The Communist Manifesto and Other Writings (Barnes and Noble, 2005), and Modern Drama: Critical Concepts (Routledge, 2007). He is the co-editor of Against Theatre: Creative Destructions on the Modernist Stage (Palgrave, 2006) and The Norton Anthology of Drama (2009) and the new general editor of the Norton Anthology of World Literature, third edition (2012).



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