Art and Anarchism in the Asylum. Peter Weiss’ Marat/Sade

  • David Roberts


Looking back at Peter Weiss’s play in the context of the 1960s we can see how it captured the growing mood of protest in West Germany against the perceived inertia and resistance of postwar society to political and cultural change. Weiss’s re-visiting of the French Revolution was received as a call to carry revolution in the theatre into the streets in order to realize the avant-garde dream of a union of art and life. The play combined the most radical ingredients of the modernist revolt against the existing bourgeois order into a potent theatrical statement of aesthetic and political revolution.


  1. Weiss, Peter 1991: Werke, Band 4, Dramen 1, Frankfurt a. M: Suhrkamp.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Roberts
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  1. 1.Monash UniversityMelbourneAustralia

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