This major study reconstructs the vast history of European Drama from Greek tragedy through to 20th century theatre, focusing on the subject of identity. Throughout history, drama has performed and represented political, religious, national, ethnic, class-related, gendered, and individual concepts of identity. Erika Fischer-Lichte's topics include: *ancient Greek theatre *Shakespeare and Elizabethan theatre * the classicaal age of French theatre, Corneille, Racine and Moli?re *the Italian commedia dell'arte and its transformations into 18th century drama *the German Enlightenment - Lessing, Schiller, Goethe, and Lenz *Romanticism by Kleist, Byron, Shelley, Hugo, de Vigny, Musset, Buchner, and Nestroy *the turn of the century - Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Stanislavski *the 20th century - Craig, Meyerhold, Artaud, O'Neill, Pirandello, Brecht, Beckett, Muller.
Erika Fischer-Lichte is university professor of theatre research at the Free University of Berlin, and president of the International Federation of Theatre Research. Her numerous publications include The Show and the Gaze of Theatre. A European Perspective, 1997.