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1st Edition

The Total Work of Art
From Bayreuth to Cyberspace

ISBN 9780415977968
Published April 24, 2007 by Routledge
240 Pages

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Book Description

The Total Work of Art provides a broad survey that incorporates many canonical artists into a single narrative. With particular attention to the influence of the Total Work of Art on modern theatre and performance, this brief introduction will also be of interest to students in such fields as film studies, music history, history of art, cultural studies, and modern European literatures.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.  Acknowledgments.  Introduction  1. The Total Work of Art in an Age of Mechanical Reproduction  2. Total Stage: Wagner’s Festspielhaus  3. Total Machine: The Bauhaus Theatre  4. Total Montage: Brecht’s Reply to Wagner  5. Total State: Riefenstahl’s Triumph of the Will  6. Total World: Disney’s Theme Parks  7. Total Vacuum: Warhol’s Performances  8. Total Immersion: Cyberspace.  Conclusion.  Bibliography.  Index

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Matthew Smith is Assistant Professor of English at Boston University.


'Smith's writing is adventurous and stimulating... fascinating reading.' - Studies in Musical Theatre