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Ethique et esthétique dans le théâtre de John Mc Grath (1958-1991) : sa contribution à la culture populaire contemporaine en Grande-Bretagne

Abstract : The current thesis examines John Mc Grath's theatrical activities as a playwright, as a director or as a theoretician, between 1958 and 1991. It estimates the etthical dimension of the intervention of the playwright, and the aesthetical implications of his wish to communicate with popular audiences. It inevitably questions the value of such concepts as : political theatre, parallel or fringe theatre, "Ceilidh-plays", interventionist theatre, carnival theatre. It situates John Mc Grath's works within national and international heritages. A contemporary bias will inevitably try and appreciate the validity and developments of two tools, privileged in the study of the activities of the playwright: sociology and semiotics. The questions of modernism and post-modernism, of short-lived and lasting works, of distanciation and identification, of universality and contextualisation inevitably arise out of a study whose key object is the process of creating and communicating, from writing to staging, with audiences who have usually been enstranged from official theatres. Epic, John Mc Grath's specific art of writing and staging has first been rooted in the regional cultures of liverpool and the industrial areas in the north of england, before reflecting the diversity of the popular traditions in scotland. Innovating in designing the aesthetical shapes of a theatrical contribution to the moves of contemporary societies, john mc grath allows us to consider the survival of his works and of those theatrical trends which ground their activity on the key place granted to history
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Jean-Pierre Simard. Ethique et esthétique dans le théâtre de John Mc Grath (1958-1991) : sa contribution à la culture populaire contemporaine en Grande-Bretagne. Littératures. Université Paul Verlaine - Metz, 1994. Français. ⟨NNT : 1994METZ003L⟩. ⟨tel-01776014⟩



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