Sartre's Esthetic of Theater

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The theatrical career of Jean-Paul Sartre has been the subject of much critical interest since the 1940s (McCall; Lorris; Galster; Ireland; O’Donohoe). This interest, split between the study of his dramatic texts and an analysis of the reception of performances, has for the most part, however, neglected his important theoretical work on the theater. There does not exist, for example, a major study on his dramatic theory, his esthetic of theater, which focuses principally on the gamut of these reflections [both written and oral] as its raison d’être. One must therefore wonder if it is even proper to speak of such a Sartrean theatrical esthetic, as a coherent object of study, at least in the same way that one refers to his description of phenomenological ontology in

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Citation: Gilbert, Dennis. "Sartre's Esthetic of Theater". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2015 [, accessed 30 May 2024.]

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