Drama/Theatre/Performance / Edition 1

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Overview

What is implied when we refer to the study of performing arts as 'drama', 'theatre' or 'performance'? Each term identifies a different tradition of thought and offers different possibilities to the student or practitioner. This book examines the history and use of the terms and investigates the different philosophies, politics, languages and institutions with which they are associated. Simon Shepherd and Mick
Wallis:

* analyze attitudes to drama, theatre and performance at different historical junctures
* trace a range of political interventions into the field(s)
* explore and contextualise the institutionalisation of drama and theatre as university subjects, then the emergence of 'performance' as practice, theory and academic discipline
* guide readers through major approaches to drama, theatre and performance, from theatre history, through theories of ritual or play, to the idea of performance as paradigm for a postmodern age
* discuss crucial terms such as action, alienation, catharsis, character,
empathy, interculturalism, mimesis, presence
or representation in a substantial 'keywords' section.

Continually linking their analysis to wider cultural concerns, the authors here offer the most wide-ranging and authoritative guide available to a vibrant, fast-moving field and vigorous debates about its nature, purpose and place in the academy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415234948
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/1/2004
  • Series: New Critical Idiom Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Drama and theatre as university subjects 7
2 Drama and the literary tradition 15
3 History, theatre, society 35
4 The essence of drama 56
5 Women, theatre and the ethics of the academy 70
6 Performance, art and the avant garde 82
7 The rise of performance studies 102
8 Performance studies : some basic concepts 116
9 Postmodernism and performance 134
10 Recent mappings of drama-theatre-performance 151
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