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From the PublisherKennedy is well known for his work on Shakespeare, which often focuses on contemporary production...Given Kennedy’s wariness about attempting to speak about (or is it for?) audiences (or is it “the audience”?), a wariness in which I share, it is only fitting that there is no grand narrative underpinning The Spectator and the Spectacle, no proposed method for assessing reception. Instead, Kennedy engages the reader in a series of well-observed, clear-eyed, clear-minded, and finely wrought conversations that are thematically linked, yet also discrete about historically specific audiences and the inevitable failure of efforts to control or contain them in theory or practice."
-Philip Auslander, Georgia Institute of Technology, Modern Drama Fall 2010
"‘Kennedy’s scholarship is both precise and wide-ranging; he skillfully draws connections among a multiplicity of cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary performance genres. . . . The Spectator and the Spectacle is a superb work; thoroughly engaging, and written in clear, conversational prose. . . . Scholars of theatre, performance, and Shakespeare – and even those people who are simply devoted to lifelong spectatorship and participation in the spectacle – will find much of value in this compelling book. They will remember it . . . for years to come."
-Dan Venning,Theatre Journal
"‘ . . . a series of well-observed, clear-eyed, clear-minded, and finely wrought conversations that are thematically linked, yet also discrete . . . bracing correctives to the pieties and simplifications often dished up in the name of theatre history."
-Philip Auslander,Modern Drama
"[A] work that extends from Shakespeare performance into sophisticated reconceptualizations of acts of performance . . . deliciously provoking."
-Peter Holland,Theatre Survey
". . . an extensive mapping that widely illuminates the topic . . . starting with the theatre but . . . taking in fields such as television, sport and ritual . . . a rich resource."
-Peter W. Marx,Forum Modernes Theater
"Dennis Kennedy takes the spectator . . . as main reference point in his varied study that diverges from ideologies of the historical avant-garde and intercultural theatre to sports events. . . . Kennedy pays attention to actual audiences and audience behaviour, [focussing] on the possibilities of the spectator’s agency and resistance against consumerist or political ideology. It is a very refreshing way of putting theoretical “big talk” into concrete perspective."
-Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink,Theatre Research International
"‘I will definitely assign parts of Dennis Kennedy’s The Spectator and the Spectacle . . . for the breadth of perspective he offers."
-Judith Milhous,Theatre Survey