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The Total Work Of Art: From Bayreuth to Cyberspace

by Matthew Wilson Smith

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0415977967, Paperback)

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.

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"Richard Wagner, Oskar Schlemmer, Bertolt Brecht, Leni Riefenstahl, Walt Disney, Andy Warhol, Bill Gates: these disparate figures all represent important stages in the development of the total work of art. Impacting fields of theatre, architecture, music, literature and film, the tradition of the total work of art has exerted tremendous influence on modern culture, in a way that has so far been only partially understood." "The tradition of the total work of art has been studied primarily as a branch of the history of opera. This study, however, stresses the connection between the total work of art and developments in mass culture. Comparing Bayreuth and Disneyland, the Crystal Palace and the Bauhaus Totaltheater, Brecht's Epic Theatre and Riefenstahl's Triumph of the Will, Matthew Smith finds that the total work of art has as much to do with mass media as with high art, with commercial spectacle as with music drama." "The Total Work of Art will be of interest to students and scholars across a broad range of disciplines, including theatre and performance studies, history of art, music history, cultural studies, and comparative modernism."--Jacket.… (more)

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