Alienation and Theatricality: Diderot After Brecht (Studies by Phoebevon Held

By Phoebevon Held

Alienation (Vefremdung) is an idea inextricably associated with the identify of twentieth-century German playwright Bertolt Brecht - with modernism, the avant-garde and Marxist conception. even though, as Phoebe von Held argues during this publication, 'alienation' as a sociological and aesthetic notionavant l. a. lettre had already surfaced within the considered eighteenth-century French thinker and author Denis Diderot. This unique research destabilizes the traditional realizing of alienation via a analyzing ofLe Paradoxe sur le comedien, Le Neveu de Rameau and different works via Diderot, beginning up new methods of interpretation and aesthetic practices. If alienation constitutes a historic improvement for the Marxist Brecht, for Diderot it defines an existential situation. Brecht makes use of the alienation-effect to undermine a kind of naturalism in accordance with subjectivity, id and phantasm; Diderot, against this, plunges the spectator into id and phantasm, to supply a classy of theatricality that's profoundly alienating and but continues to be anchored in subjectivity.

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