The Radical in Performance: Between Brecht and Baudrillard [NOOK Book]

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The Radical in Performance investigates the crisis in contemporary theatre, and celebrates the subversive in performance. It is the first full-length study to explore the link between a western theatre which, says Kershaw, is largely outdated and the blossoming of postmodern performance, much of which has a genuinely radical edge. In staying focused on the period between Brecht and Baudrillard, modernity and postmodernism, Baz Kershaw identifies crucial resources for the ...
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The Radical in Performance: Between Brecht and Baudrillard

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Overview

The Radical in Performance investigates the crisis in contemporary theatre, and celebrates the subversive in performance. It is the first full-length study to explore the link between a western theatre which, says Kershaw, is largely outdated and the blossoming of postmodern performance, much of which has a genuinely radical edge. In staying focused on the period between Brecht and Baudrillard, modernity and postmodernism, Baz Kershaw identifies crucial resources for the revitalisation of the radical across a wide spectrum of cultural practices.
This is a timely, necessary and rigorous book. It will be a compelling read for anyone searching for a critical catalyst for new ways of viewing and practising cultural politics.
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Western theater culture is pretty much dead now, says Kershaw (drama U. of Briston) and political theater has been smothered by the promiscuity of the political in post-modern culture. He identifies resources for the revitalization of the radical across a wide spectrum of cultural practices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781136284717
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/18/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 1,101,370
  • File size: 4 MB

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
Prologue: radicalising performance 1
Introduction: pathologies of hope 5
Pt. I Theatre and performance: on the cusp of a paradigm shift 27
1 The limits of theatre 29
2 The excesses of performance 57
Pt. II Performance, participation, power 87
3 Fighting in the streets: performance, protest and politics 89
4 The shadow of oppression: performance, the panopticon and ethics 126
5 The death of nostalgia: performance, memory and genetics 157
6 The sight of the blind: performance, community and ecology 187
Epilogue: the radical in performance 217
Bibliography 221
Name index 236
Subject index 245
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