Between Theater and Anthropology

Between Theater and Anthropology

by Richard Schechner, Victor Turner

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In performances by Euro-Americans, Afro-Americans, Native Americans, and Asians, Richard Schechner has examined carefully the details of performative behavior and has developed models of the performance process useful not only to persons in the arts but to anthropologists, play theorists, and others fascinated (but perhaps terrified) by the multichannel realities of the postmodern world.

Schechner argues that in failing to see the structure of the whole theatrical process, anthropologists in particular have neglected close analogies between performance behavior and ritual. The way performances are created—in training, workshops, and rehearsals—is the key paradigm for social process.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812200928
Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date: 08/03/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 360
File size: 10 MB

About the Author

Richard Schechner is University Professor and Professor of Performance Studies at Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. He is the founding director of The Performance Group and founding artistic director of East Coast Artists. He is also the author of The End of Humanism, Performance Theory, and The Future of Ritual.

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