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The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies


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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521672238

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  • Providing thorough coverage of the methods and tools required in studying historical and contemporary theatre, this Introduction examines the complexities of a rapidly changing and dynamic discipline. Following a cross-cultural perspective, the book surveys the ways theatre and performance are studied by looking initially at key elements such as performers, spectators and space. The central focus is on methodology, which is divided into sections covering theatre theory, historiography and textual and performance analysis. The book covers all the main theatrical genres - drama, opera and dance - providing students with a comparative, integrated perspective. Designed to guide students through the academic dimension of the discipline, the volume emphasizes questions of methodology, research techniques and approaches, and will therefore be relevant for a wide variety of theatre studies courses. Informative textboxes provide background on key topics, and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter.

    • Covers all main theatrical genres: drama, opera and dance, providing a comparative and integrated perspective
    • Takes account of different theatrical practices in a variety of international, cultural and historical contexts
    • Emphasizes questions of methodology, research techniques and approaches, therefore relating to a wide variety of different theatre studies courses
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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521672238
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: theatre and theatre studies
    Part I. Elements of Theatre:
    1. Performers and actors
    2. Spectators and audiences
    3. Spaces and places
    Part II. Subjects and Methods:
    4. Theories of theatre 1: Historical paradigms
    5 Theories of theatre 2: Systematic and critical approaches
    6. Theatre historiography
    7. Text and performance
    8. Performance analysis
    9. Music theatre
    10. Dance theatre
    Part III. Theatre Studies between Disciplines:
    11. Applied theatre
    12. Theatre and media.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Theatre
    • Introduction to Theatre Methodology
    • Research and Bibliography
    • Russian Theatre Directors
    • Shakespeare and Introduction to Theatre
    • The Theatre Experience
    • Theatre & Performance Research - Indepdendent Study
    • Theatre in Society
    • Theatrical Theory and Criticism
  • Author

    Christopher B. Balme, University of Munich
    Christopher Balme is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Munich.

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