An Introduction
Author: Mark Fortier
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 131745040X
Category: Drama
Page: 258
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Theory/Theatre is a unique and highly engaging introduction to literary theory as it relates to theatre and performance. It is a brilliantly clear and readable examination of current theoretical approaches, from semiotics and poststructuralism, through cultural materialism, postcolonial studies and feminist theory. In this, the third and fully revised edition of this now classic text, Mark Fortier particularly expands and updates the sections on: queer theory postmarxist theory technology and virtuality post-colonialism and race Also including completely new writing on cognitive science, fast becoming a cornerstone of theatre and performance theory, this revised edition is an indispensable addition to every theatre student’s collection.


The Major Critical Texts from Aristotle and Zeami to Soyinka and Havel
Author: N.A
Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
ISBN: 1476848793
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 496
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(Applause Books). From Aristotle's Poetics to Vaclav Havel, the debate about the nature and function of theatre has been marked by controversy. Daniel Gerould's landmark work, Theatre/Theory/Theatre , collects history's most influential Eastern and Western dramatic theorists poets, playwrights, directors and philosophers whose ideas about theatre continue to shape its future. In complete texts and choice excerpts spanning centuries, we see an ongoing dialogue and exchange of ideas between actors and directors like Craig and Meyerhold, and writers such as Nietzsche and Yeats. Each of Gerould's introductory essays shows fascinating insight into both the life and the theory of the author. From Horace to Soyinka, Corneille to Brecht, this is an indispensable compendium of the greatest dramatic theory ever written.

Theories of the Theatre

A Historical and Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present
Author: Marvin A. Carlson
Publisher: Cornell University Press
ISBN: 1501726889
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 552
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Beginning with Aristotle and the Greeks and ending with semiotics and post-structuralism, Theories of the Theatre is the first comprehensive survey of Western dramatic theory. In this expanded edition the author has updated the book and added a new concluding chapter that focuses on theoretical developments since 1980, emphasizing the impact of feminist theory.

Performing Feminisms

Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre
Author: Sue-Ellen Case
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801839696
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 327
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A valuable, provoking, important addition to any theatre scholar or practitioner's library, especially since feminist theory is a relative newcomer to the world of theatre.

A Sociosemiotic Theory of Theatre

Author: Jean Alter
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
ISBN: 9780812230543
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 281
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Sets forth a new provocative theory of theatre as a coherent total process. It examines the ways meaning is conveyed in theatre, as well as the impact of social factors on the kinds of meanings conveyed.

Theatre in Prison

Theory and Practice
Author: Michael Balfour
Publisher: Intellect Books
ISBN: 1841500666
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 206
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From role-plays with street gangs in the USA to Beckett in Brixton; from opera productions with sex offenders to psychodrama with psychopaths, the book will discuss, analyse and reflect on theoretical notions and practical applications of theatre for and with the incarcerated. Theatre in Prison is a collection of thirteen international essays exploring the rich diversity of innovative drama works in prisons. The book includes an introduction that will present a contextualisation of the prison theatre field. Thereafter, leading practitioners and academics will explore key aspects of practice – problemitising, theorising and describing specific approaches to working with offenders. The book also includes extracts from prison plays, poetry and prisoners writings that offer illustrations and insights into the experience of prison life.

Critical Theory and Performance

Author: Janelle G. Reinelt,Joseph R. Roach
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472068869
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 596
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The first comprehensive survey of the major critical currents and approaches in the lively field of performance studies

Music Theory for Musical Theatre

Author: John Bell,Steven R. Chicurel
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
ISBN: 0810859017
Category: Music
Page: 117
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"Music Theory for Musical Theatre is designed to demystify music theory and analysis and make it more accessible to musical theatre students. It aims to equip them with a basic skill set to apply directly to the art form. John Bell and Steven R. Chicurel explore how musical theatre composers use basic principles of music theory to illuminate characters and tell stories, helping students understand the form, structure, and dramatic power of musical theatre repertoire."--BOOK JACKET.

Theatre Audiences

A Theory of Production and Reception
Author: Susan Bennett
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415157230
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 248
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Susan Bennett's highly successful Theatre Audiences is a unique full-length study of the audience as cultural phenomenon, which looks at both theories of spectatorship and the practice of different theatres and their audiences. Published here in a brand new updated edition, Theatre Audiences now includes: `nBL a new preface by the author • a stunning extra chapter on intercultural theatre • a revised up-to-date bibliography Theatre Audiences is a must-buy for teachers and students interested in spectatorship and theatre audiences, and will be valuable reading for practitioners and others involved in the theatre.

Richard Wagner

Theory and Theatre
Author: Dieter Borchmeyer
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 019315322X
Category: Music
Page: 423
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Richard Wagner has come to be seen as the quintessential artist of the nineteenth century, whose work embraces all the arts of the period. Dieter Borchmeyer here provides the first systematic and comprehensive account of Wagner's aesthetic theory, examining his hitherto neglected prose writings and his ideas on music drama from the various standpoints of literature, the linking of ideas, and the sociology of art. The pre-eminent importance for Wagner of classical Greek art and mythology emerges with particular clarity, while his links with the great figures and forms of world theatre - Shakespeare, the commedia dell'arte, the popular theatre, and the puppet theatre - are traced in detail. The influence on Wagner of the historical and social novel is also discussed. The author provides the first comprehensive analysis of Cosima Wagner's Diaries, and throws unexpected sidelights on Wagner's relationship with Nietzsche, in particular his important contribution to Nietzsche's TheBirth of Tragedy. Central to the present study are Wagner's music dramas from Die Feen to Parsifal. These are examined in their literary, ideological, and socio-political contexts (including the problem of anti-Semitism). First published in German in 1982, this book has become established as a standard work of Wagner scholarship, and now appears for the first time in English in a completely revised edition incorporating a number of new chapters on the music dramas.

Reading the Material Theatre

Author: Ric Knowles
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521644167
Category: Drama
Page: 236
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Reading the Material Theatre develops and demonstrates a method of theatrical performance analysis that takes into account the entire theatre experience, from production to reception. Beginning with semiotic and cultural materialist theory, Knowles quickly moves into detailed politicized analysis of the ways in which specific aspects of theatrical production, and specific contexts of reception, shape the audience's understanding of what they experience in the theatre. It concludes with five case studies of the cultural work performed by a major Shakespearean repertory theatre, a small nationalist theatre devoted to new play development, a major New York-based avant-garde touring theatre company, a British socialist company dedicated to the work of Shakespeare, and a range of international festivals. This accessible 2004 volume provides a first-step introduction to key terms and areas of performance theory, including reception history, performance analysis, and production analysis.

Theatres of Independence

Drama, Theory, and Urban Performance in India Since 1947
Author: Aparna Bhargava Dharwadker
Publisher: University of Iowa Press
ISBN: 158729642X
Category: Drama
Page: 504
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Theatres of Independence is the first comprehensive study of drama, theatre, and urban performance in post-independence India. Combining theatre history with theoretical analysis and literary interpretation, Aparna Dharwadker examines the unprecedented conditions for writing and performance that the experience of new nationhood created in a dozen major Indian languages and offers detailed discussions of the major plays, playwrights, directors, dramatic genres, and theories of drama that have made the contemporary Indian stage a vital part of postcolonial and world theatre.The first part of Dharwadker's study deals with the new dramatic canon that emerged after 1950 and the variety of ways in which plays are written, produced, translated, circulated, and received in a multi-lingual national culture. The second part traces the formation of significant postcolonial dramatic genres from their origins in myth, history, folk narrative, sociopolitical experience, and the intertextual connections between Indian, European, British, and American drama. The book's ten appendixes collect extensive documentation of the work of leading playwrights and directors, as well as a record of the contemporary multilingual performance histories of major Indian, Western, and non-Western plays from all periods and genres. Treating drama and theatre as strategically interrelated activities, the study makes post-independence Indian theatre visible as a multifaceted critical subject to scholars of modern drama, comparative theatre, theatre history, and the new national and postcolonial literatures.


Author: Elinor Fuchs,Una Chaudhuri
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472067206
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 390
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Land/Scape/Theater proposes landscape as a necessary paradigm for understanding modern theater's increasingly spatialized aesthetic as well as its engagement with the cultural meanings of place and space. Embracing subjects as diverse as the "landscape dramaturgy" of Suzan-Lori Parks, Artaud's trip to the Sierra Madre,Gertrude Stein's landscape theory and practice, Guillermo Gomez-Peña's "border subjects," and Bayreuth and Disneyland as cultic sites, Land/Scape/Theater draws on a broad range of theory, dramatic texts, and performance. All aspects of modern theater, these essays suggest, including the bedrock Aristotelian constituents of plot and character, have a landscape dimension that often goes unrecognized. With its broad theoretical range and cross-disciplinary reach, Land/Scape/Theater will interest theater theorists and practitioners and cultural studies specialists, including historians of landscape. Theater students, scholars, teachers, directors, designers, and actors will find here a new framework and a new vocabulary for understanding both theater and the larger culture.

Theory for Theatre Studies: Sound

Author: Susan Bennett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9781474246460
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 144
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Sound provides the first overview of relevant critical theory for students and researchers in theatre and performance studies. Exploring areas such as music, speech and soundscape, this volume will open up the study of theatrical production and live performance to engage more effectively its aural dimensions. By way of developed case studies, including Shakespeare's The Tempest and Pina Bausch's dance-theatre piece 1980, readers will access new methodologies and approaches for their own exploration of 'sound' as a performance component. In an engagement with the burgeoning interdisciplinary field of sound studies, this book will alert theatre and performance studies scholars and students to new work important to our fields. Part of the Theory for Theatre Studies series which introduces core theoretical concepts that underpin the discipline, Sound provides a balance of essential background information and original thinking, and is grounded in case studies to illuminate and equip readers. Volumes follow a consistent three-part structure: an overview of how the term has been understood within the discipline; current trends illustrated by substantive case studies; and emergent trends and interdisciplinary connections. Volumes are supported by further online resources including illustrative material, questions and exercises.

Feminism and Theatre

Author: Sue-Ellen Case
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136735208
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 160
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First Published in 1988. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Professing Performance

Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity
Author: Shannon Jackson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521656054
Category: Drama
Page: 254
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Today's academic discourse is filled with the word 'perform'. Nestled amongst a variety of prefixes and suffixes (re-, post-, -ance, -ivity?), the term functions as a vehicle for a host of contemporary inquiries. For students, artists, and scholars of performance and theatre, this development is intriguing and complex. By examining the history of theatre studies and related institutions and by comparing the very different disciplinary interpretations and developments that led to this engagement, Professing Performance offers ways of placing performance theory and performance studies in context.

Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory

Author: Milija Gluhovic
Publisher: Bloomsbury Methuen Drama
ISBN: 9781474246651
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 144
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Starting with a premise that memory holds such a privileged place in contemporary experience, Theory for Theatre Studies: Memory explores the intersections between contemporary theatre and performance, the interdisciplinary field of memory studies, and current preoccupations with the politics of memory across the globe. After offering a fresh critical snapshot of the major theoretical foundations for the study of memory today, the book presents vivid theatrical examples from across the globe and compellingly illustrates the centrality of memory for the theatre as well as the vital role of theatre in making political claims and interventions and transmitting individual and collective memories. Works considered include Luigi Pirandello's Six Characters in Search of An Author (1921) through Tadeusz Kantor's The Dead Class (1975), to more recent case studies such as Brokentalkers's The Blue Boy (2011), Emilio Garcia Wehbi's 12 Indicios sobre el Cuerpoi, and Brett Bailey's Exhibit B (2014). Part of the Theory for Theatre Studies series which introduces core theoretical concepts that underpin the discipline, Memory provides a balance of essential background information and original thinking, and is grounded in case studies to illuminate and equip readers. Volumes follow a consistent three-part structure: an overview of how the term has been understood within the discipline; current trends illustrated by substantive case studies; and emergent trends and interdisciplinary connections. Volumes are supported by further online resources including illustrative material, questions and exercises.

Brecht in Practice

Theatre, Theory and Performance
Author: David Barnett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1408186020
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 256
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David Barnett invites readers, students and theatre-makers to discover new ways of apprehending and making use of Brecht in this clear and accessible study of Brecht's theories and practices. The book analyses how Brecht's ideas can come alive in rehearsal and performance, and reveals just how carefully Brecht realized his vision of a politicized, interventionist theatre. What emerges is a nuanced understanding of Brecht's concepts, his work with actors and his approaches to directing. The reader is encouraged to engage with his method which sought to 'make theatre politically', in order to appreciate the innovations he introduced into his stagecraft. Barnett provides many examples of how Brecht's ideas can be staged, and the final chapter takes a closer look at two very different plays: one written by Brecht and one by a playwright with no acknowledged connection to Brecht. Through an interrogation of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Patrick Marber's Closer, Barnett asks how a Brechtian approach can enliven and illuminate production.

Semiotics of Drama and Theatre

New Perspectives in the Theory of Drama and Theatre
Author: Herta Schmid,Aloysius Van Kesteren
Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing
ISBN: 9027279675
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 548
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The volume presents perspectives in the theory of drama and theatre that are new for the following reasons: 1) the contributions reflect the international cooperation in developing drama and theatre as well as its theories; 2) this collection is the first attempt of presenting papers within the context of (Analytical) Theory of Science; 3) it is the first consistent set of papers starting from semiotics a s a meta-theory. The volume is divided into four sections: I Fundamental of Theatre Research, II Theory of Drama and Theatre, III Descriptive Theatre Research, IV Applied Theatre Research. The fifth and final section offers a selective bibliography of analytical approaches to drama and theatre.

Feminist Theatre

Introduction to Plays of Contemporary British and American Women
Author: N.A
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
ISBN: 1349176818
Page: 223
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