Franz Xaver Kroetz

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Franz Xaver Kroetz, the author of more than fifty plays, is the most prolific and successful representative of the Neues (new), also called the Kritisches (critical) Volksstück (folk play), a genre which overlaps with neo-regional, dialect, working-class and “shock” drama, all movements that flourished in the late 1960s and 1970s. Still considered significant and widely performed in the early twenty-first century, Kroetz’s folk dramas, often written in Bavarian dialect, had their greatest success in the 1970s, the decade after the sensational premieres of his brutal, naturalistic one-act pieces Heimarbeit [

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Saur, Pamela S.. "Franz Xaver Kroetz". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 August 2009
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