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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Auslander

Philip Auslander's 1989 book on New York School Poets as playwrights is turning out to be very useful. I'm not crazy about plays not written by poets, and Auslander makes the convincing case that this is the first "postmodern" theater in America. This is exactly the transitional moment from late modernism to pop art that interests me. What makes this theater great is convergence of visual art, music, and poetry. The acting seems to have been the weak link in some cases.

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profacero said...

This is why I really must figure out Tropicalismo. Which I do not feel I really like because it is too popular and it has been sanctioned as good academic taste. But it is this, late modernism into pop, and my claim is that it goes with the Boom novel. It is one of the things I have to think about.