A Short History of Western Performance Space / Edition 1

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Overview

David Wiles considers theatrical activity "happening" in churches, streets, pubs and galleries, as well as in buildings explicitly designed to be "theaters", in this historical account. Surveying performance space usage within the traditions of Western Europe, Wiles traces a diverse set of continuities, from Greece and Rome to the present, including many areas not included in standard accounts of theater history.

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"Meticulously researched, covering a broad sweep of performance history from classical Greece to modernist western Europe, lavishly illustrated with reproductions, original line drawings, maps, and diagrams, it presents descriptions and analyses of a wide range of performance practices." Modern Drama
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521012744
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

David Wiles is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London. His previous publications have mainly been in the field of Elizabethan and Greek theatre, including Shakespeare's Clown: Actor and Text in the Elizabethan Playhouse (Cambridge, 1987) and Greek Theatre Performance (Cambridge, 2000). This is his seventh book.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of illustrations; 1. Introduction; 2. Sacred space; 3. Processional space; 4. Public space; 5. Sympotic space; 6. The cosmic circle; 7. The cave; 8. The empty space; Select bibliography; Index.

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