An Introduction to the Works of Peter Weiss (Studies in by Olaf Berwald

By Olaf Berwald

The performs and prose works of the German author, director, and political activist Peter Weiss (1916-1982) have been immensely influential within the shaping of eu Modernism within the moment half the 20 th century. Combining exploratory aesthetic openness with an uncompromising moral force, Weiss's literary works, in particular the performs Marat/Sade (1964), The research (1968), and Holderlin (1971), in addition to the radical The Aesthetics of Resistance (1975-81) proceed to supply important issues of reference for any dialogue of tradition and politics in our occasions. Berwald's learn serves as a entire creation to Weiss's paintings and imaginative and prescient. The introductory bankruptcy outlines Weiss's lifestyles and paintings in exile. 3 chapters offer specified discussions of Weiss's theater paintings, from his early gruesome performs and the documentary dramas from the Nineteen Sixties that deal with Auschwitz, Angola, and Vietnam, to his most complicated performs during which intellectuals are staged as outsiders. the next 4 chapters talk about Weiss's prose works, which come with his autobiographical novels from the early Sixties, essays and notebooks on artwork and politics, and his summum opus, The Aesthetics of Resistance.

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