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Station drama


  • Plays that consist of a series of fragmentary episodes in the life of the main character instead of narrative progression or plot.

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  • Form

    • Station drama
  • Variants

    • Stationen-drama
    • Stationendrama
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  • Sources

    • found: The Columbia encyclopedia of modern drama, c2007:p. 1373 (the "station drama," a series of scenes one after the other. The explicit heading "station" in the text [of Ernst Toller's Die Wandlung] takes on an added meaning, suggesting that Friedrich's progress resembles the movement of Christ through the stations of the cross)
    • found: Encyclopaedia Britannica, c2010:index (Stationendrama, or station drama, or stationen-drama) v. 28, p. 594 (The action of many Expressionist plays was fragmented into a series of small scenes or episodes. This style of theatre was called Stationendrama ("station drama") and was clearly derived from the principles of the medieval mystery plays. This led to a consideration of the scene in the theatre as being self-contained. Significance and meaning derived from the juxtaposition or accumulation of scenes rather than from a continuous narrative progression from scene to scene, and from this it followed that there need be no consistency of setting.)
    • found: Murpy, R. Theorizing the avant-garde, 1999: p. 80 (The expressionist "Ich-Drama" ("drama of the self") and "Stationendrama" ("stations [of the cross]") also takes on a fragmentary shape similar to a montage in both form and function. It is largely devoid of tension and linear "plot" (in the conventional sense of the term) and is frequently constructed instead according to spatial considerations: it commonly consists of a vaguely picaresque series of encounters, with a central figure wandering amongst reflections of his own persona on the path towars an undefined goal of redemption or enlightenment)
  • General Notes

    • Plays that consist of a series of fragmentary episodes in the life of the main character instead of narrative progression or plot.
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    • 2014-12-01: new
    • 2015-12-22: revised
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