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New Readings in Theatre History

New Readings in Theatre History

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Part of Theatre and Performance Theory

  • Date Published: December 2003
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521794633

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About the Authors
  • Theater history has often been interpreted in ways which highlight and omit key elements. Jacky Bratton explores this dilemma by examining how theater history has been chronicled and interpreted. Analyzing case studies from nineteenth-century British theater, Bratton reveals the difference between the existence of "the drama" (plays and play literature) and "the stage" (performance, theater building, and attendance).

    • Accessible introduction to key area of study (performance theory) for graduate and upper undergraduates
    • Provides valuable information and interpretation of nineteenth-century theatre and culture
    • New, polemical and controversial history which concentrates on what actors think is important in the history of their profession
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    "...[this] book continually challenges the way we think and write about theatre history and makes clear how carefully we need to engage with our sources. Conceptually sophisticated, it is written very accessibly and will surely become essential reading for all students of theatre historiography and of nineteenth-century British theatre." Modern Drama

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2003
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521794633
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.3kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Background:
    1. Theatre history today
    2. British theatre history:
    3. Theatre in London in 1832: a new overview
    4. Theatre history and reform
    Part II. Case Studies:
    5. Anecdote and mimicry as history
    6. Theatre history and the discourse of the popular
    7. Claiming kin: an experiment in genealogical research

  • Author

    Jacky Bratton, Royal Holloway, University of London
    Jacky Bratton is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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