ABSTRACT

Chapter 11, “A Case Study of Postmodern Drama: Heiner Müller’s Hamletmachine” intends to show that the formalist methods and terms from the previous chapters can be effectively used to analyze a play that critics reasonably consider postmodern: Hamletmachine (1977) by Heiner Müller. Information about the postmodern viewpoint and examples of postmodern practice are examined through careful study of the formal elements that Hamletmachine has in common with plays generally. The chapter consists of two sections: first, a way of analyzing this unusual play while using standard methods and terms; second, an accessible explanation of the postmodern viewpoint based on the results of this analysis.