English biographical plays about artists: the 21st century

Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel (2010) English biographical plays about artists: the 21st century. In: What Happens Now, 9-12 July 2010, Lincoln.

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Abstract

Since the late 1970s, more than 300 biographical plays about famous artists (composers, fine artists, poets, actors etc.) were written and staged in the United Kingdom. In my book Biographical Plays about Famous Artists (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2005) I analysed the range of these plays, arguing that the dramatists often place the main artist character(s) in an adverse situation, inward (e.g., mental illness) or outward (a personal enemy, or an anonymous power, such as war). Against the background of such adverse forces, the artist characters tend come across as flawed human beings. At the same time, most plays take care to provide good insights into the artists’ genius and their artistic integrity in the face of the adversity. The book also addressed the question why there have been so many biographical plays about famous artists over the past 30, providing answers in the context of theatre history and developments across academic disciplines and society as a whole.

The material in the book represents the state of research in the early years of new millennium. The conference paper charts the development since then, bringing it to the very present.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information:Since the late 1970s, more than 300 biographical plays about famous artists (composers, fine artists, poets, actors etc.) were written and staged in the United Kingdom. In my book Biographical Plays about Famous Artists (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2005) I analysed the range of these plays, arguing that the dramatists often place the main artist character(s) in an adverse situation, inward (e.g., mental illness) or outward (a personal enemy, or an anonymous power, such as war). Against the background of such adverse forces, the artist characters tend come across as flawed human beings. At the same time, most plays take care to provide good insights into the artists’ genius and their artistic integrity in the face of the adversity. The book also addressed the question why there have been so many biographical plays about famous artists over the past 30, providing answers in the context of theatre history and developments across academic disciplines and society as a whole. The material in the book represents the state of research in the early years of new millennium. The conference paper charts the development since then, bringing it to the very present.
Keywords:theatre, Meyer-Dinkgrafe
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > Lincoln School of Performing Arts
ID Code:3474
Deposited By: Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe
Deposited On:20 Oct 2010 20:03
Last Modified:24 Apr 2013 14:55

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