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Performing Arts History & Criticism

Bennewitz, Goethe, 'Faust'

German and Intercultural Stagings

by (author) David G. John

Publisher
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Initial publish date
Dec 2012
Category
History & Criticism, German, Germany
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781442643338
    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price
    $81.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442695900
    Publish Date
    Dec 2012
    List Price
    $87.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9781442695917
    Publish Date
    Apr 2012
    List Price
    $71.00

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Fritz Bennewitz (1926-1995) was the director-in-chief of East Germany's Weimar National Theatre. Extraordinary in his capacity for cultural and linguistic adjustment, he directed productions in twelve countries, always adapting shows to make them meaningful to local audiences. Notably, Bennewitz conducted stagings of Goethe's Faust in four different languages over a series of seven productions — three in pre-unification Weimar, one in the reunited Germany, and one each in New York, Manila, and Mumbai.

The first comprehensive account of Bennewitz's remarkable career, Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust is also a pioneering study of intercultural interpretations of Faust. David G. John brings to light previously unknown archival materials — including annotated playbooks, correspondence, translations, videos, and reception information — as well as unpublished production photos from the stagings discussed in the book. Bennewitz, Goethe, Faust makes a cogent argument for this director's place alongside the twentieth century's greatest theatre innovators.

About the author

David G. John is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Waterloo as well as the founding director of the Waterloo Centre for German Studies.

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Editorial Reviews

‘This unique introduction to the work of a pivotal GDR Faust interpreter fills a gap in scholarship and offers stimulus for future research. Highly recommended’

Choice Magazine, vol 50:02:2012

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