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The Reception of Anglophone Plays on Viennese Stages of the 20th Century

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  • D C Rose
    Weltbühne Wien: The Reception of Anglophone Plays on Viennese Stages of the 20th Century (11-13 May 2008, University of Vienna) With the help of various
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 5 3:05 AM
      Weltbühne Wien: The Reception of Anglophone Plays on Viennese Stages
      of the 20th Century
      (11-13 May 2008, University of Vienna)

      With the help of various cultural studies approaches and methods,
      this interdisciplinary research project will explore processes of
      cultural transfer and the reception of anglophone plays on Vienna's
      stages of the 20th century. The perspective of reception history will
      be extended and complemented by appropriate methods and approaches to
      investigate the relationships between the cultures involved: the
      project will focus on questions relating to cultures in contact and
      cultural transfer, to circulation and blockage of (foreign) cultural
      elements, to play selection and censorship, to the role of national
      stereotypes within the reception process, and to translation and
      adaptation. Further focal points will be the historical role of
      individual theatres and theatre directors, agents, cultural officers,
      and other important figures in Vienna's theatre scene.

      All in all, we will analyse the phenomenon of the transference of
      plays from their source culture into a foreign target culture and
      attempts at – or resistance against – their `naturalization'. The
      transfer of the originally anglophone play constitutes a form of
      cultural contact or intercultural exchange between Austria and
      Terranglia, the changing quality of which is to be explored in the
      context of individual historical periods. A number of hypotheses
      regarding the interculturality of drama and the role of foreign
      cultures in constructions of national identities will be put to a
      practical-analytical test. The project undertakes to examine,
      reconsider and, eventually, adapt and refine such hypotheses. In our
      context, this implies an investigation of the effects and
      repercussions of an increased contact with anglophone plays in terms
      of Austrian cultural as well as national identity in the twentieth
      century, a century of conflicts and crises. Ultimately, by
      investigating the transfer and reception of anglophone plays, the
      project will make an important contribution to the analysis of the
      processes of cultural transfer and to the history of Viennese theatre
      and culture.

      Please click here for more information and conference programme:
      http://www.univie.ac.at/weltbuehne_wien/conference.html
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