<i>Surrealist Ghostliness</i> by Conley Katharine (review)

Surrealist Ghostliness by Conley Katharine (review) Book Reviews 169 theatrical innovations, incarnated in Artaud, often ignore the more modest yet more influential efforts of less controversial figures like the members of the Cartel. McCready rallies her most original arguments in this final chapter, which urges scholars to look to more modest agents of change in order to trace the ideological and aesthetic permutations of French theatrical institutions. Her angle also allows readers to make sense of a period when there were very few playwrights who appear in surveys of twentieth- century French theater. Indeed, even McCready’s directors bemoan the dearth of good, contemporary theater to produce. Staging France takes this lacuna of theater history and turns it into an opportunity to investigate not the history of theater, but the history of performances, which is more than just the reception history of classic plays. It is also an implied theoreti- cal claim that theater is always contemporary, that plays were written in the past but they are always performed in the present. Colin Foss, Austin College Katharine Conley, Surrealist Ghostliness, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2013 . 320 pp. In her thought-provoking and suggestive Surrealist Ghostliness, a book moving elegantly between minute descriptions of works of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png French Forum University of Nebraska Press

<i>Surrealist Ghostliness</i> by Conley Katharine (review)

French Forum, Volume 43 (1) – Sep 29, 2018

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Book Reviews 169 theatrical innovations, incarnated in Artaud, often ignore the more modest yet more influential efforts of less controversial figures like the members of the Cartel. McCready rallies her most original arguments in this final chapter, which urges scholars to look to more modest agents of change in order to trace the ideological and aesthetic permutations of French theatrical institutions. Her angle also allows readers to make sense of a period when there were very few playwrights who appear in surveys of twentieth- century French theater. Indeed, even McCready’s directors bemoan the dearth of good, contemporary theater to produce. Staging France takes this lacuna of theater history and turns it into an opportunity to investigate not the history of theater, but the history of performances, which is more than just the reception history of classic plays. It is also an implied theoreti- cal claim that theater is always contemporary, that plays were written in the past but they are always performed in the present. Colin Foss, Austin College Katharine Conley, Surrealist Ghostliness, Lincoln, University of Nebraska Press, 2013 . 320 pp. In her thought-provoking and suggestive Surrealist Ghostliness, a book moving elegantly between minute descriptions of works of

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