Günter Grass Drama Analysis
Few modern writers exhibit the scope, diversity, and depth of artistic production of Günter Grass. As a playwright he provides witty dialogues and clever situations as well as black humor, and his use of theatrical techniques is adept. Together with his novels, poetry, and graphics, Grass’s plays constitute an uvre that is unsurpassed in postwar German literature.
Grass’s preoccupation with dramatic forms—plays and ballets—predates and partially overlaps with his early novels, which have earned him enduring literary fame. His dramatic works developed over the years, and their genesis usually predates their first production by a year or two. Therefore, like his enduring occupation with lyric poetry and the graphic arts, these plays deserve critical attention as the crucibles in which his later monumental narratives were first formed. Grass’s dramas demonstrate his literary and graphic uvre to be an organic, if often surprising, whole, in which thought patterns and ideas are reshaped, recycled, and reconstituted. The seeds of many later episodes, characters, and ideas in his novels and political essays can be found first in the dramatic works.
Grass’s plays were performed in important regional theaters such as Munich, Frankfurt, Cologne, Hamburg, and Bochum, and broadcast on the radio. Three of his plays, The Wicked Cooks, The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, and Max, and his ballet Die...
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