An Introduction

Author: Mark Fortier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134523645

Category: Drama

Page: 272

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This is a new and enlarged edition of Mark Fortier's very successful and widely used essential text for students. Theory/Theatre provides a unique and engaging introduction to literary theory as it relates to theatre and performance. Fortier lucidly examines current theoretical approaches, from semiotics, poststructuralism, through cultural materialism, postcolonial studies and feminist theory. This new edition includes: * More detailed explanation of key ideas * New 'Putting it into practice' sections at the end of each chapter so you can approach performances from specific theoretical perspectives * Annotated further reading section and glossary. Theory/Theatre is still the only study of its kind and is invaluable reading for beginning students and scholars of performance studies.

Theory/Theatre: An Introduction

Author: Mark Fortier

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134719213

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

View: 3093

Theory/Theatre: An Introduction provides a unique and engaging introduction to literary theory as it relates to theatre and performance. Mark Fortier lucidly examines current theoretical approaches, from semiotics, poststructuralism, to cultural materialism, postcolonial studies and feminist theory. Drawing upon examples from Shakespeare and Aphra Behn, to Chekhov, Artaud, Cixous and Churchill, the author examines the specific realities of theatre in order to come to a richer understanding of the relations between performance and cultural theory. Theory/Theatre: An Introduction is the only study of its kind and will be invaluable reading for new students and scholars of performance studies.

The Theory of the Modern Stage

Author: Eric Bentley

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141189185

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 512

View: 9440

In The Theory of the Modern Stage, leading drama critic, Eric Bentley, brings together landmark writings by dramatists, directors and thinkers who have had a profound effect on the theatre since the mid nineteenth century, from Adolphe Appia to �mile Zola. Here, Antonin Artaud sets out a manifesto for a Theatre of Cruelty, Bertolt Brecht discusses the tension between entertainment and instruction in experimental drama and Bernard Shaw defends himself as a realist, while W. B. Yeats describes the creation of a People�s Theatre. The ideas of theatre�s great makers are revealed by their best expositors, as Eric Bentley writes about Stanislavsky belief in the importance of emotional memory when creating a dramatic role and Arthur Symons considers Richard Wagner and the relationship between genius, art and nature.

An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre

Author: Elaine Aston

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134882246

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 176

View: 487

At last an accessible and intelligent introduction to the energising and challenging relationship between feminism and theatre. In this clear and enlightening book, Aston discusses wide-ranging theoretical topics and provides case studies including: * Feminism and theatre history * `M/Othering the self': French feminist theory and theatre * Black women: shaping feminist theatre * Performing gender: a materialist practice * Colonial landscapes Feminist thought is changing the way theatre is taught and practised. An Introduction to Feminism and Theatre is compulsory reading for anyone who requires a precise, insightful and up-to-date guide to this dynamic field of study.

Acoustic Interculturalism

Listening to Performance

Author: Marcus Cheng Chye Tan

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137016957

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 259

View: 5151

Acoustic Interculturalism is a study of the soundscapes of intercultural performance through the examination of sound's performativity. Employing an interdisciplinary approach, the book examines an akoumenological reception of sound to postulate the need for an acoustic knowing – an awareness of how sound shapes the intercultural experience.


Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation

Author: Daniel Fischlin

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1442615931

Category: Drama

Page: 401

View: 8343

For Shakespeare and Shakespearean adaptation, the global digital media environment is a “brave new world” of opportunity and revolution. InOuterSpeares: Shakespeare, Intermedia, and the Limits of Adaptation, noted scholars of Shakespeare and new media consider the ways in which various media affect how we understand Shakespeare and his works. Daniel Fischlin and his collaborators explore a wide selection of adaptations that occupy the space between and across traditional genres – what artist Dick Higgins calls “intermedia” – ranging from adaptations that use social networking, cloud computing, and mobile devices to the many handicrafts branded and sold in connection with the Bard. With essays on YouTube and iTunes, as well as radio, television, and film, OuterSpeares is the first book to examine the full spectrum of past and present adaptations, and one that offers a unique perspective on the transcultural and transdisciplinary aspects of Shakespeare in the contemporary world.

Theatre histories

an introduction

Author: Phillip Zarilli,Gary Jay Williams

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780415227278

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 544

View: 628

'A work that more than any other currently available suggests the range and richness of theatre and performance history study today.' - Marvin Carlson, City University of New York 'This book will significantly change theatre education' - Janelle Reinelt,University of California, Irvine Theatre Histories: An Introductionis a bold and innovative way of looking both at the way we understand performance and the ways in which history is written. Its chapters offer clearly written overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods. These and its unique in-depth case studies demonstrate the methods used by today's theatre historians. . Using a new narrative strategy that challenges the standard format of one-volume theatre history texts, the authors help the reader think critically about performance in all its global diversity. Theatre Histories explores aesthetic and interpretive approaches from many cultures, continents and time periods. Theauthors explore contemporary Japanese theatre, kabuki and kathakali with as much range and depth as Shakespeare, vaudeville and realism. Theatre Histories: An Introductionis organized to provide: ? an understanding of how key shifts in human communication shaped developments in the history of theatre and performance throughout the world ? an introduction to the methodologies employed by today's theatre historians ? in-depth case studies demonstrating "history at work" ? a truly global perspective on drama, theatre, and performance Keeping performance, drama, and culture at centre stage, Theatre Histories: An Introductionis compatible with standard play anthologies and offers many pedagogical resources including a website with additional references, discussion questions, and links to related sites at

Out on Stage

Lesbian and Gay Theatre in the Twentieth Century

Author: Alan Sinfield

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300081022

Category: Social Science

Page: 407

View: 7816

This intriguing, authoritative book tracks stage representations of lesbians and gay men from Oscar Wilde to the present day and examines scores of British and American plays and playwrights, including works by Wilde, Maugham, Coward, Hellman, O'Neill, Le Roi Jones, and Joe Orton.

Contemporary British Drama

Author: David Lane

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748686797

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 240

View: 4353

This book offers an extended analysis of writers and theatre companies in Britain since 1995, and explores them alongside recent cultural, social and political developments. Referencing well-known practitioners from modern theatre, this book is an excelle

The Globe Theatre Project

Shakespeare and Authenticity

Author: Rob Conkie

Publisher: N.A


Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 283

View: 548

This book analyzes performances at the reconstructed Globe Theatre in London between 1996 and 2004 by focusing on the new Globe's most defining characteristic: authenticity. The book addresses the question of why authenticity has become so crucial in late 20th and early 21st century Britain and what productions of the authentic Shakespeare say about contemporary identities.