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Socio-cultural aspects of the development of Croatian national theatre from moving into the new building in 1895 until 2011


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Brgles, Miriam Mary. (2015). Socio-cultural aspects of the development of Croatian national theatre from moving into the new building in 1895 until 2011. PhD Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Croatian Language and Literature.
(Poslijediplomski doktorski studij hrvatske kulture) [mentor Leburić, Anči].

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This dissertation will seek to examine the former and present social role of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb, as well as its' institutional meaning. The case study research method will examine key contemporary agents, such as arts managers, artists and audience, through a number of problems and questions related to the current and future activity of the theatre. The social context will be shown through analysis of archival records and analysis of current laws, regulations and other legal documents. The main goal of this dissertation is to explain the theatre “status“ within the social structures. Research has confirmed that social context was, and still is key question concerning the function of Croatian National Theatre. Social and historical context has been researched on several levels. On the macro-level historical, social and political processes were researched, as well as their consequences in the form of cultural politics. The micro-level has shown latent relations of actors of cultural and theatrical reality. The dissertation re-examines the representation of the national identity through the theatre and (re)constructs symbolical and literal interaction of society and theatre. The research was accomplished through the use of specially designed method and with accordance to an interdisciplinary envisaged theoretical structure. The dissertation is composed of nine chapters. The introductory part is composed of the review of theoretical perspectives and research of theatre and society. The author also explores cultural policies and their influence on theatre in general. The introduction also offers the description of new analytical and interpretative model of research of the history, social value and importance of Croatian National Theatre in Zagreb. Finally, in the last chapter of the introduction the author explains the methodology of the research. Second chapter of the dissertation is dedicated to literal and figurative meaning of spatial factors concerning theatre as a field of battle for power. Third chapter explains the social context of theatre during the fin de siècle epoch. Fourth chapter offers a review of modern cultural and political practice concerning the Croatian National Theatre. Review of modern cultural politics starts with the last decade of the 20th century. During the 1990’s many parts of Croatian society went through significant changes. For the theatre it meant establishing new legislative practices. The author also describes cultural strategies in the 21st century. Fifth chapter is dedicated to the view from the inside. The author describes the administrative structure of Croatian National Theatre, as well as the structure of ownership of Croatian National Theatre. Sixth chapter is dedicated to the research of audience from the one side, and theatre artists and management of the theatre from the other. In the seventh chapter the author brings several key conclusions concerning all questions that the author dealt with in the dissertation. Final chapters offer the bibliography, the list of used primary sources and the authors’ contributions (historical sources used in the research).

Item Type: PhD Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: CNT, case study, theatre, cultural elite, political elite, cultural capital, cultural policy, theatre audience, theatre artists, theatre managers
Subjects: Slavic languages and literatures > Croatian language and literature
Departments: Department of Croatian Language and Literature
Supervisor: Leburić, Anči
Additional Information: Poslijediplomski doktorski studij hrvatske kulture
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2016 11:16
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2016 11:16

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