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Part of Theatre and Performance Theory

Thomas Postlewait, Tracy C. Davis, Jody Enders, Haiping Yan, Jon Erickson, Shannon Jackson
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  • Date Published: February 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012072

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  • This collection of specially-commissioned, accessible, essays explores that element of performance theory known as theatricality. Six case studies, each written by a specialist in the field, use historically specific circumstances to illustrate how and why the concept of theatricality was and is used. Topics discussed include early use of the term; employment of 'theatricality' by a number of other disciplines to describe events; non-Western interpretation of theatricality; and its use when discussing and analyzing political and cultural events and philosophies. The book provides a first-step guide for those discovering the complex yet rewarding world of performance theory.

    • Accessible introduction to key area of study (performance theory) for graduate and upper undergraduates
    • Also provides valuable information and interpretation of theatre history
    • Specially-written essays by a team of theatre historians in accessible language
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    '… 'unified' yet multidimensional perspective on an ever-expanding subject …'. Journal of Theatre Research International

    'This new collection of essays, part of the Theatre and Performance Theory series, is a stimulating, erudite, and important volume in the emerging field of theatricality. … This collection is smart, timely, and, thanks to the sophistication of the contributions, will inform wider debates about historiography, theory, and performance practice as well as setting out important questions and agendas in the field of theatricality.' New Theatre Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521012072
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 210 x 140 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.33kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    List of illustrations
    1. Theatricality: an introduction Thomas Postlewait and Tracy C. Davis
    2. Performing miracles: the mysterious mimesis of Valenciennes (1547) Jody Enders
    3. Theatricality in classical Chinese drama Haiping Yan
    4. Theatricality and antitheatricality in Renaissance London Thomas Postlewait
    5. Theatricality and civil society Tracy C. Davis
    6. Defining political performance with Foucault and Habermas: strategic and communicative action Jon Erickson
    7. Theatricality's proper objects: genealogies of performance and gender theory Shannon Jackson
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  • Editors

    Tracy C. Davis, Northwestern University, Illinois
    Tracy C. Davis is Barber Professor of the Performing Arts at Northwestern University. She is author of Actresses as Working Women: Their Social Identity in Victorian Culture, George Bernard Shaw and the Socialist Theatre, and The Economics of the British Stage, 1800–1914 and general editor of the Cambridge series Theatre and Performance Theory.

    Thomas Postlewait, Ohio State University
    Thomas Postlewait is Professor of theatre history at Ohio State University. He contributed to the Cambridge History of American Theatre, vol. two, and is the editor of the book series Studies in Theatre History and Culture with University of Iowa Press.


    Thomas Postlewait, Tracy C. Davis, Jody Enders, Haiping Yan, Jon Erickson, Shannon Jackson

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