by Jan Kott
translated by Jadwiga Kosicka and Lillian Vallee
Northwestern University Press, 1992
Paper: 978-0-8101-1043-4 | eISBN: 978-0-8101-6288-4 | Cloth: 978-0-8101-1019-9
Library of Congress Classification PN2859.P66K655 1992
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.8547


To see through the eyes of essayist and dramaturge Jan Kott is to gain in knowledge not just of the theater but also of human culture. Since his Shakespeare Our Contemporary appeared in English in 1964, Kott's work has altered—and strengthened—the way critics and the public approach the theater as a whole. The Memory of the Body highlights a number of dramatic personalities and personages: authors and directors Witkiewicz, Brecht, Kantor, Grotoswki, Ingmar Bergman, Wedekind; Tilly Newes on the stage in turn-of-the-century Vienna; the all-too-mortal, two-thirds divine Gilgamesh; and a shaman in rural Korea. In a style flecked with passion, poignancy, and wit, Kott moves beyond a mere discussion of theater to speak of eroticism, painting, love, and death.

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