Performance Theory / Edition 2

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Overview

Few have had quite as much impact in both the academy and in the world of theatre production as Richard Schechner. For more than four decades his work has challenged conventional definitions of theatre, ritual and performance. When this seminal collection first appeared, Schechner's approach was not only novel, it was revolutionary: drama is not just something that occurs on stage, but something that happens in everyday life, full of meaning, and on many different levels. Within these pages he examines the connections between Western and non-Western cultures, theatre and dance, anthropology, ritual, performance in everyday life, rites of passage, play,
psychotherapy and shamanism.
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'Reading Performance Theory by Richard Schechner again, three decades after its first edition, is like meeting an old friend and finding out how much of him/her has been with you all along this way.'Augusto Boal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415314558
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Routledge Classics Series
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 344,032
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Schechner (1938-). One of contemporary theatre's most celebrated directors, he is also a world-renowned artist and scholar.
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Table of Contents

Preface to the Routledge Classics Edition
Acknowledgments
Author's Note
Introduction: The Fan and the Web
1 Approaches 1
2 Actuals 26
3 Drama, script, theater, and performance 66
4 From ritual to theater and back: the efficacy - entertainment braid 112
5 Toward a poetics of performance 170
6 Selective inattention 211
7 Ethology and theater 235
8 Magnitudes of performance 290
9 Rasaesthetics 333
References 368
Index 383
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