Performing Violence

Literary and Theatrical Experiments of New Russian Drama

Birgit Beumers and Mark Lipovetsky

Birgit Beumers and Mark Lipovetsky

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

240 pages | 25 halftones | 7 x 9 | © 2009
Paper $28.50 ISBN: 9781841502694 Published November 2009

The so-called “New Russian Drama” emerged at the end of the twentieth century, following a long period of decline in dramatic writing in the late Soviet and post-Soviet era. In Performing Violence, Birgit Beumers and Mark Lipovetsky examine the representation of violence in these new dramatic works by young Russian playwrights. Reflecting the disappointment in Yeltsin’s democratic reforms and Putin’s neoconservative politics, the plays focus on political and social representations of violence, its performances, and its justifications.

As the first English-language study of Russian drama and theatre in the twenty-first century, Performing Violence seeks a vantage point for the analysis of brutality in post-Soviet culture. While previous generations had preferred poetry and prose, this new breed of authors—the Presnyakov brothers, Evgeni Grishkovets, and Vasili Sigarev among them—have garnered international recognition for their fierce plays. This book investigates the violent portrayal of the identity crisis of a generation as represented in their theatrical works, and will be a key text for students and scholars of drama, Russian studies, and literature.

Elena Siemens, University of Alberta | Slavonic and East European Review

"A valuable interpretive tool, providing much needed assistance in navigating the highly heterogeneous landscape of contemporary Russian theatre."—Slavonic and East European Review

Contents

Acknowledgements

Note on Transliteration

Foreword

Kirill Serebrennikov

 

Preface

Sasha Dugdale

 

Introduction: Contours and Contexts of New Drama

 

PART I: THE CONTEXT

Chapter 1: Violence in Soviet and Post-Soviet Culture

Chapter 2: The Precursors of New Drama

Chapter 3: Theatre in the Ruins of Language

 

PART II: TEXT AND PERFORMANCE

Chapter 4: Communicating through Violence: Kurochkin, Koliada, Sigarev, Kladiev

Chapter 5: Evgenii Grishkovets and Trauma

Chapter 6: Documentary Theatre

Chapter 7: Ivan Vyrypaev and the Abject

Chapter 8: The Presniakovs and Performing Violence

 

Conclusion

Bibliography

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