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 ecu Modernism within the moment half the 20th 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 unconventional The Aesthetics of Resistance (1975-81) proceed to supply very important issues of reference for any dialogue of tradition and politics in our instances. Berwald's examine serves as a complete advent to Weiss's paintings and imaginative and prescient. The introductory bankruptcy outlines Weiss's lifestyles and paintings in exile. 3 chapters offer certain discussions of Weiss's theater paintings, from his early ugly performs and the documentary dramas from the Sixties that tackle Auschwitz, Angola, and Vietnam, to his most complicated performs within 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 paintings and politics, and his summum opus, The Aesthetics of Resistance.
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Vom Kasper-Spiel wäre hier das Grobschlächtige, Possenhafte zu entnehmen, die starken Effekte, das laut Herausgerufene, oft falsch Betonte, das Aggressive und Grauenhafte unter der scheinbaren Lustigkeit. Vom Kabuki-Theater die akrobatische Beherrschtheit der Bewegungen, das Unnaturalistische, die verfremdete Stimmenbehandlung [. ]” 25 Werke 4, 263: “Sehr wichtig ist die Musikbegleitung. [. ” 26 Werke 4, 262–63: “[. ] vielmehr soll das Böse, Gehässige, Geängstigte und Verschlagene herauskommen [.
36 “Viet Nam ist für uns / die Probe aufs Exempel / Wie können wir / an jedem beliebigen Ort / einen Gegner besiegen / der militärisch schwach / uns aber politisch / überlegen ist / [. ” 37 See Arnd Beise, Peter Weiss (Stuttgart: Reclam, 2002), 140. 3: Staging Writers as Outcasts: Marat/Sade, Trotzki im Exil, Hölderlin, Der Prozess, and Der neue Prozess T HIS CHAPTER DISCUSSES five plays that simultaneously advocate radical political uprisings and criticize hierarchical structures of orchestrated change.
Despite their technologically much more advanced military machinery, which not only heavily bombed the whole country for years, but which also committed war crimes against civilians, the United States lost the war. It should be noted that Weiss’s partisan perspective prevented him from addressing the fact that both sides committed war crimes. In 1976, Vietnam was reunited. Weiss is not the only playwright who wrote a drama about the Vietnam wars while they were still continuing. For example, the French writer Armand Gatti, a Holocaust survivor, wrote the play V comme 29 Vietnam in 1967.
An Introduction to the Works of Peter Weiss (Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture) by Olaf Berwald