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Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies

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ISBN-10: 0521672236

ISBN-13: 9780521672238

Edition: 2008

Authors: Christopher B. Balme

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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…    
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Book details

List price: $27.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 9/18/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 244
Size: 5.98" wide x 8.94" long x 0.59" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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

List of plates
List of figures
List of tables
Introduction: theatre and theatre studies
Integrated theatre studies
From theatre studies to performance studies
Elements of Theatre
Performers and actors
Theory and analysis
Pedagogy of acting
Cross-cultural perspectives
Spectators and audiences
Spectator response
Reception and response
Spaces and places
Theatrical space
Stage space
The place of theatre
Subjects and Methods
Theories of theatre 1: historical paradigms
Theories of theatre 2: systematic and critical approaches
Poststructuralism and psychoanalysis
Cultural materialism
Theatricality and performance theory
Theatre historiography
Sources and reconstruction
Theatre iconography
Contemporary approaches
Summary and outlook
Text and performance
Status of the text
From drama to theatrical text
Play, production, performance
Performance analysis
Notation and documentation
Tools of analysis
Goal of analysis
Methods and models
Music theatre
Music dramaturgy
Text and staging
Analysis: La Boheme and Ariodante
Dance theatre
Movement analysis: notation, semiotics and ideology
Analysis: Petrushka and Enter Achilles
Theatre Studies Between Disciplines
Applied theatre
Examples of applied theatre
Historical trajectories
Theoretical paradigms
Research methods
Theatre and media
Theatre as a medium
Theatre and other media
Bibliography and other resources