Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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The Encyclopedia's inclusive approach encompasses opera and film, dance and radio, and para-theatrical, non-dramatic performances including circuses and carnivals, and parades and public executions—providing ...

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Overview

From ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in stage design, from the trance-dances of Sumatra to an extensive biography of the legendary actor-manager Eleonore Duse, the Encyclopedia provides unrivaled information across the broad sweep of theatrical activity.

The Encyclopedia's inclusive approach encompasses opera and film, dance and radio, and para-theatrical, non-dramatic performances including circuses and carnivals, and parades and public executions—providing truly extensive coverage from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. The Encyclopedia pays special attention to non-Western styles through articles on theatre and performance throughout the many countries and traditions of Asia and Africa. Numerous biographical entries cover the lives and work of major figures: actors, playwrights, directors, designer, company managers, and critics. A unique feature of the Encyclopedia is the series of articles on concepts, theories, and critical approaches, ranging from short definitions of terms like catharsis and monologue to more lengthy considerations of farce and tragedy. Race and theatre, the nature of acting, censorship, safety, special effects, and media and performance are all debated. In all, the 4,300 entries by renowned contributors remain accessible in language and approach and take advantage of the theoretical and historiographical developments in the field.

The combination of rich detail and accessible language and style make The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance the resource of choice for readers interested in theatre and performance, from occasional playgoers to newspaper critics, students, and scholars.

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This new work on theater and performance will set the standard for decades and become the reference of choice in these areas. It's not perfect-nothing of this sort can be-but it is thorough, carefully thought out, and easy to use. Kennedy (Samuel Beckett Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies, Sch. of Drama, Trinity Coll., Dublin) has arranged the 4300 entries alphabetically, with a thematic table of contents at the start that serves as a guide. Biographical entries make up 45 percent of the text, and most are short-two or three to a column. But many of the entries on concepts and history, as well as styles and movements, are much longer. The item on "Scenography," for example, is 13 double-columned pages-a small textbook on history and theory-and while it lacks illustrations or designs, it does contain a bibliography of essential works. Overall, the great strength of this work is its global nature, touching on all kinds of performance, including ritual, public executions, dance, sport, sex shows, the new media, and cyber-theater. Your favorite niche figure may not be mentioned, but many are. For example, McKee Rankin was omitted, but T.C. Murray was not. Ann Bogart is here as well, though there is no essay on her Viewpoints. Illustrations break up the density of the text. The international authors and editors bring a true breadth to the effort. Essential for both public and academic libraries.-Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198606727
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2003
  • Pages: 1559

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