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Theatricality

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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: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521012072

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  • Specially-commissioned essays explore the element of performance theory known as "theatricality" in six case studies that use specific circumstances to illustrate how the concept of "theatricality" developed. Topics covered include early use of the term; employment of theatricality by other disciplines to describe events; non-Western interpretation of theatricality; and its role in analyzing political and cultural events and philosophies. The book provides an introductory 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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    "What is special about the selection of these essays is how well they are ordered and flow from one topic to the next[...] All of the essays are of the highest quality. However, the strongest reason that this book is important is the Introduction, which should be required reading for all drama and theatre scholars and those in the field of performance studies. The concept of theatricality is now solidified as an important concept both inside and outside of performance and theatre studies."
    -Michael Y. Bennett, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, American and English Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 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

    Acknowledgements
    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
    Works cited
    Index.

  • 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.

    Contributors

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

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