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The Nervous Stage: Nineteenth-century Neuroscience and the Birth of Modern Theatre

Matthew Wilson Smith


Theater and neuroscience: What could these two have in common? What could their historical developments tell us about modernity and the modern subject? The Nervous Stage argues that, to a significant degree, modern theater emerged out of a dialogue with the neurological sciences. Beyond this, the book demonstrates that an understanding of this dialogue sheds new light on the emergence of modern notions of embodiment and subjectivity. This wide-ranging study encompasses artists as diverse as Joanna Baillie, Percy Shelley, Georg Büchner, Charles Dickens, Richard Wagner, Émile Zola, August Strind ... More

Keywords: theater, drama, neurology, neuroscience, Percy Shelley, Georg Büchner, Richard Wagner, Jean-Martin Charcot, Émile Zola, August Strindberg

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190644086
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190644086.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Wilson Smith, author
Associate Professor of German and Theater & Performance Studies, Stanford University