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Paul Z. Hernadi
University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA 93106-0001)

Modern Historical Tragicomedy: Texts and Contexts

Comparative study of one play each by Shaw, Eliot, Wilder, Miller, Claudel, Cocteau, Sartre, Camus, Anouilh, Brecht, Frisch, Durrenmatt, Weiss, and Hochhuth. Special stress on four sets of interrelated critical concerns: verisimilitude and veracity in myth, fiction, and historiography; modern theories of tragedy, comedy, and tragicomedy; open society and the cultural climate of ironic pluralism; empathy and distance as rival but combinable objectives in the staging of modern drama. Each participant will choose a preferred line of exploration: philosophical, textual, sociological, theatrical, or an appropriate combination of these and others.

Project fields:
Interdisciplinary Studies, General

Seminars for College Teachers

Education Programs

Total amounts:
$43,599 (approved)
$43,599 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/1978 – 9/30/1978