Intro Theatre Histories

ISBN-10: 0415227283

ISBN-13: 9780415227285

Edition: 2004

Authors: Phillip B. Zarrilli, Bruce A. McConachie, Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, Gary Jay Williams

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'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. The authors explorecontemporary 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
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List price: $46.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Routledge
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 576
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.662
Language: English

Preface: Interpreting performances and cultures
A first mapping: About this book
A second mapping: Cultural performances, theatre, and drama
A third mapping: About history, historiography, and historical methods
The historian's sources
A fourth mapping: Periodization through modes of human communication
Case studies and interpretive approaches: The historian at work
A note on diacritics, spellings, and names
Performance and theatre in oral and written cultures before 1600
The evolution of human language and consciousness
Human language, writing and society
Performance, communication, and remembrance
Oral, ritual, and shamanic performance
Primary orality
Oral performance
Oral texts and their transmission under the written sign: Vedic chanting in India
Ritual specialists: Accessing sacred power
Late Neolithic ritual landscapes and pilgrimage in England
Early Celtic oral and ritual festival performance
Interpreting and understanding ritual
Ritual, ceremony, and collective social life
The healing powers of ritual/shamanic specialists
Case studies: Yoruba ritual as "play," and "contingency" in the ritual process
Interpretive approach: Theories of play and improvisation
Korean shamanism and the power of speech
Interpretive approach: Speech act theory
Religious and civic festivals: Early drama and theatre in context
Commemorative ritual "drama" in Abydos, Egypt
Dialogic drama in the city-state of Athens
Mesoamerican performance
Texts in other traditions
Medieval Christian liturgy and drama
Islamic commemorative mourning "dramas": The Ta'zieh of Iran
Summary discussion
Case studies: Classical Greek theatre: Looking at Oedipus
Interpretive approach: Cognitive studies
Christians and Moors: Medieval performance in Spain and the New World
Interpretive approach: Cultural hierarchy
Imperial theatre: Pleasure, power, and aesthetics
Drama, theatre, and performance in the Roman Republic and Empire
Indian literary and commemorative drama and theatre
Early Chinese and Japanese drama, theatre, and performance
Summary discussion
Case studies: Plautus's plays: What's so funny?
Henri Bergson's theory of laughter
Bergson's theory in historical perspective
Kutiyattam Sanskrit theatre of India: Rasa-bhava aesthetic theory and the question of taste
Interpretive approach: Reception theory
The Silent Bell: The Japanese noh play, Dojoji
Interpretive approach: Feminist and gender theory, modified for medieval Japan
Theatre and print cultures, 1500-1900
Introduction: China and Western Europe
The rise of European professional theatres
Commedia dell'arte
Institutionalizing drama in Europe
Golden Age theatre in Spain, 1590-1680
Neoclassicism and print in Europe
Le Cid and French absolutism
Scenic perspectivism in print and on stage
Acting and print in Europe after 1700
European dramatists claim authority
Theatre, print, and the public
Theatre and the state, 1600-1900
Theatre and the state in France, 1630-1675
From patronage to control in France, 1675-1789
Samurai warriors versus kabuki actors, 1600-1670
Regulating kabuki, 1670-1868
Theatre and the state in England, 1600-1660
Patents, censorship, and social order in England, 1660-1790
Theatre and the state in England and France, 1790-1900
Case studies: Moliere and carnival laughter
Interpretive approach: Mikhail M. Bakhtin's concept of the carnivalesque
Kabuki and bunraku: Mimesis and the hybrid body
Interpretive approach: Mimesis, hybridity, and the body
Shakespearean sexuality in Twelfth Night
Interpretive approach: Queer theory
Theatres for knowledge through feeling, 1700-1900
Sentimental drama in England
Sentiment on the continent
Acting in the eighteenth century
Feeling and knowledge in Kathakali dance-drama
Changes and challenges in sentimentalism
Melodrama and the French Revolution
Melodramatic spectacle
Melodrama gains spectators
Case studies: Theatre iconology and the actor as icon: David Garrick
Interpretive approach: Cultural studies and theatre iconology
Kathakali dance-drama: Divine "play" and human suffering on stage
Interpretive approach: Ethnography and history
Theatre and hegemony: Comparing popular melodramas
Interpretive approach: Cultural hegemony
Theatre, nation, and empire, 1750-1900
Romanticism and the theatre
Romanticism, history, and nationalism
Nationalism and imperialism in theatre in the United States
Nationalism and imperialism on the Russian stage
Orientalism on the European stage
Theatre riots
Case study: The Playboy riots: Nationalism in the Irish theatre
Interpretive approach: Cognitive linguistics
Theatre in modern media cultures, 1850-1970
Introduction: Historical changes after 1850
Photography and audiophony in the theatre
Spectacular bodies on the popular stage
The rise of realism in the West
Realist producer-directors
The rise of realism in Japan
Avante-garde theatres in the West
The Great War as a turning point in world theatre
Shakespeare and film in England
Lyrical abstraction and the radio in France
Psychological realism in the United States
Theatre and politics
The continuing power of print
Theatres of popular entertainment, 1850-1970
Promoting popular entertainment
Urban carnivals and optical delights
Variety theatre
English music hall
Theatrical revues
Popular melodrama and comedy
Musical theatre
Case studies: "Blacking up" on the U.S. stage
Interpretive approach: Reification and utopia in popular culture
British pantomime: How "bad" theatre remains popular
Interpretive approach: Phenomenology and history
Theatres of the avant-garde and their legacy, 1880-1970
Naturalism on stage
Symbolism and its influence
Strindberg and the expressionists
Retrospectivists and futurists
Meyerhold and constructivisim
Dadaists and surrealists
Institutionalizing the avant-garde
The end of the avant-garde
The avant-garde legacy in the United States
The avant-garde legacy in France, 1945-1970
Theatrical innovation in Latin America, 1930-1970
Theatrical innovation in Eastern Europe, 1955-1970
Theatrical innovation in South and Southeast Asia, 1950-1970
The avant-garde and political theatre
Case studies: Selves, roles, and actors: Actor training in the West
Interpretive approach: Cognitive psychology
Discoursing on desire: Desire Under the Elms in the 1920s
Interpretive approach: Discourse theory
Beckett's theatrical minimalism
Interpretive approach: Performative writing
Theatres for reform and revolution, 1880-1970
Liberalism in the theatre, 1914-1930
Socialism in the theatre before 1914
Theatricalizing the Russian revolution
The influence of the revolution in the West
Theatres of anti-imperialism, 1900-1960
Postwar theatre in Japan and Germany
Theatre and the Cold War
1968 and its consequences
Case studies: Ibsen's A Doll House: If Nora were a material girl
Interpretive approach: Cultural materialism
Social drama in Kerala, India: Staging the "revolution"
Interpretive approach: Politics, ideology, history, and performance
Brecht directs Mother Courage
Interpretive approach: Semiotics
Theatre and performance in the age of global communications, 1950-present
Introduction: Colonialism, globalization, media, and theatre
Media and theatre: All in the family
Globalization, media, theatre, and performance
The media: Power and resistance
Theatre, performance, resistance
Performance art
Theatre in postcolonial African nations
Rich and poor theatres of globalization
National theatres in the international marketplace
International festivals
Radical theatre in the West after 1968
Post-1968 radical theatre in developing nations
Theatres for development
Nuevo Teatro Popular
Community-based theatre since 1990
Case studies: The vortex of Times Square
Interpretive approach: Vortices of behavior
Media and theatre: Niche marketing
Director, text, and performance in the postmodern world
Aristotle to postmodernism: Texts and contexts
Director and text in Antonin Artaud's "theatre of cruelty"
The holy actor as text in Jerzy Grotowski's "poor theatre"
Peter Brook's Shakespeare and contemporary authenticity
Terayama Shuji and the disquieting critique of theatrical convention
Suzuki Tadashi's contemporary Japanese Euripides
Other negotiations with the classics: Roger Planchon's Moliere
The United States: The Performance Group, La Mama, and the Wooster Group
Theatre of images: Robert Wilson and others
Case studies: The crisis of representation and the authenticity of performance: Antonin Artaud and Jacques Derrida
Interpretive approach: Deconstruction
Global Shakespeare
Interpretive approach: Postcolonial criticism
Interculturalism, hybridity, tourism: The performing world on new terms
Globalization and cross-cultural negotiations in theatre
Historical cross-cultural conversations
Intercultural theatre
Intracultural theatre
Syncretism and hybridity
Tourism and performance
Case studies: Whose Mahabharata is it, anyway? The ethics and aesthetics of intercultural performance
Interpretive approach: The historian between two views of intercultural performance
Imagining contemporary China: Gao Xingjian's Wild Man in post-Cultural Revolution China
Interpretive approach: Theories of national identity
Backstage/frontstage: Ethnic tourist performances and identity in "America's Little Switzerland"
Interpretive approach: Sociological theories of tourism and everyday performance
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