The Total Work of Art

The Total Work of Art

From Bayreuth to Cyberspace

eBook - 2007
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"Richard Wagner, Oskar Schlemmer, Bertolt Brecht, Leni Riefenstahl, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, Bill Gates: these disparate figures all represent important stages in the development of the total work of art. Impacting fields of theatre, architecture, music, literature and film, the tradition of the total work of art has exerted tremendous influence on modern culture, in a way that has so far been only partially understood." "The tradition of the total work of art has been studied primarily as a branch of the history of opera. This study, however, stresses the connection between the total work of art and developments in mass culture. Comparing Bayreuth and Disneyland, the Crystal Palace and the Bauhaus Totaltheater, Brecht's Epic Theatre and Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, Matthew Smith finds that the total work of art has as much to do with mass media as with high art, with commercial spectacle as with music drama." "The Total Work of Art will be of interest to students and scholars across a broad range of disciplines, including theatre and performance studies, history of art, music history, cultural studies, and comparative modernism."--Jacket.
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2007
ISBN: 9780203963166
Branch Call Number: 700.1 Sm
Description: 1 online resource (1 volume)
Additional Contributors: EBSCOhost (Online service)

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