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- DescriptionMaxim Gorky was dubbed the father of socialist realism in the Soviet period, but he had forged his career as an internationally kwn velist and dramatist some three or more decades earlier. Posing questions that Soviet critics found difficult to confront, the author examines the effects of exile and religion on the content and form of the plays as well as the role played by women, and the personal and political implications of motherhood. All sixteen of Gorky's published plays are covered, and the book explores whether this body of work has themes and styles to unify it. While conflict is central to the core political themes and also infiltrates many aspects of the dramatic style (cartoonish and grotesque), other less expected themes and styles emerge. Viewing the post-revolutionary plays as a development of earlier work leads to a question rarely posed: are the plays written by Gorky in the process of defining the new Party-inspired socialist realism in fact less about socialist realist issues of conformity, and more about Gorky's own painful life experience? And what is equally under the microscope is a search for the monumental style frequently associated with socialist realist theatre: the proposed origins of the spatial grandeur in Gorky's plays come as a surprise.
- Author BiographyThe Author: Cynthia Marsh teaches Russian and drama at the University of Nottingham, UK. She has published widely on Russian literature and drama, is a play translator and theatre director (she has directed Gorky in Russian and English). She is currently working on a study of translated Russian theatre in the post-war British repertoire.
- Author(s)Cynthia Marsh
- PublisherVerlag Peter Lang
- Date of Publication01/06/2006
- SubjectOther Performing Arts
- Place of PublicationPieterlen
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintVerlag Peter Lang
- Weight530 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
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