Stages of Terror

Stages of Terror

Terrorism, Ideology, and Coercion as Theatre History
Anthony Kubiak
Distribution: World
Publication date: 10/22/1991
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 978-0-253-20663-3
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Every now and then a book comes along so startling in its ingenuity, so crisp and invigorating in its perception and argument, so revealing in its investigation of its subject matter, that one is forced to reevaluate, reconsider, and restructure one’s understanding and one’s perspectives on theatre, discourse, and history. Such a book is Anthony Kubiak’s Stages of Terror." —Theatre Studies

... quite compelling. It is rich and complete while leaving plenty of room for further development... " —Text and Performance Quarterly

Using Aristotle's Poetics as its point of departure, Anthony Kubiak traces the forms or "stages" of terror as a cultural and performative principle through English Renaissance and Restoration plays, through the modern and postmodern, to contemporary terrorist "theatres."

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Table of Contents


1. Introduction
A Panegyric on Aristotle’s Poetics
2. Trial and Terror
Medea Prima Facie
3. Trope to Tragedy
Rubbing out Theatre’s Corpus
4. Gesturing through the Flames
Commodification, Fetish, and Violence in Restoration Drama
5. The Body’s Revision in the Theatre of Mind
Byron’s Manfred and Shelley’s Prometheus Unbound
6. Terminal Stages
Moderism and Terror
7. Conclusion
History and the Standard Deviations of Terror