This audiobook provides an accessible yet sophisticated introduction to the significant philosophical issues concerning the performing arts.
- Presents the significant philosophical issues concerning the performing arts in an accessible style, assuming no prior knowledge
- Provides a critical overview and a comprehensive framework for thinking about the performing arts
- Examines the assumption that classical music provides the best model for thinking about artistic performance across the performing arts
- Explores ways in which the "classical paradigm" might be extended to other musical genres, to theatre, and to dance
- Applies the thinking on performing arts to the issue of "performance art".
About the Author
David Davies is Associate Professor of Philosophy at McGill University. He is the author of Art as Performance (Blackwell, 2004), Aesthetics and Literature (2007), and the editor of The Thin Red Line (2008). He has published widely in the philosophy of art on topics relating to the nature of art, artistic value, literature, film, music, theatre, and the visual arts.
Table of Contents
Part I: Performance and the Classical Paradigm.
Chapter 1 The Nature of Artistic Performance.
II What is a performance?
III ‘Institutional’ theories of artisticperformance.
IV ‘Aesthetic’ theories of artistic performance.
V Artistic performance and ‘artistic regard’.
Chapter 2 The Classical Paradigm I: The Nature of thePerformable Work.
I Introduction: Berthold and Magda go to the symphony.
II The ‘multiple’ nature of performable works.
III Performable works as ‘types’.
IV Varieties of ‘type’ theories: sonicism,instrumentalism, and contextualism.
V Other theories of the performable work.
a/ Performable works as ‘indicated’ types.
b/ Performable works as ‘continuants’.
c/ Performable works as indicatings of types.
d/ Fictionalism about performable works.
Chapter 3 The ‘Classical Paradigm’ II: AppreciatingPerformable Works in Performance.
I Introduction: talking appreciatively about performableworks.
II Can performable works share artistic properties with theirperformances?
III The ‘Goodman argument’ .
IV Answering the ‘Goodman argument’.
Chapter 4 Authenticity in Musical Performance.
II ‘Authenticity’ in the arts.
III Three notions of historically authentic performance.
a/ Authenticity defined in terms of composer’sintentions.
b/ Authenticity defined in terms of the ‘sound’ ofthe work.
c/ Authenticity defined in terms of performance practice.
Chapter 5 Challenges to the Classical Paradigm in Music.
I Introduction: The classical paradigm in the performingarts.
II The scope of the paradigm in classical music.
III Jazz, rock, and the classical paradigm.
IV Non-Western music and the classical paradigm.
Chapter 6 The Scope of the Classical Paradigm: Theatre, Dance,and Literature.
I Introduction: Berthold and Magda go to the theatre.
II Theatrical performances and performable works.
III Challenges to the classical paradigm in theatre.
IV Dance and the classical paradigm.
V The novel as performable work?
Part II: Performance as Art .
Chapter 7 Performances as Artworks.
I Introduction: spontaneous performance in the arts.
II The artistic status of performances outside the classicalparadigm.
III The artistic status of performances within the classicalparadigm.
Chapter 8 Elements of Performance I: Improvisation andRehearsal.
II The nature of improvisation.
III Improvisation and performable works: three models.
a/ Improvisation on a theme.
b/ Improvisational composition.
c/ Pure improvisation.
IV Improvisation and recording.
V The place of rehearsal in the performing arts.
Chapter 9 Elements of Performance II: Audience andEmbodiment.
I Can there be artistic performance without an audience?
II Audience response.
III The embodied performer and the ‘mirroring’receiver.
Chapter 10 ‘Performance Art’ and the PerformingArts.
II Some puzzling cases.
III What is ‘performance art’?
IV When do works of ‘performance art’ involveartistic performances?
V Performance as art: a final case.
What People are Saying About This
"David Davies' Philosophy of the Performing Arts is along-awaited book. For not since Paul Thom's For an Audiencehas a book in the Anglo-American philosophical tradition focused soclearly, exclusively, informatively and fairly on all of theperforming arts. I will use David Davies' The Performing Arts in myclasses."—James Hamilton, Kansas State University, author ofThe Art of Theater
"In this outstanding philosophical study, David Davies subjectsthe different, conflicting literatures characterizing works,performances, and their relationships to critical review en routeto developing his own integrated theory. Covering classical musicto jazz, Shakespeare to Brecht, dance to performance art, this isessential reading for anyone interested in the performingarts."—Stephen Davies, University of Auckland, author ofThe Philosophy of Art