Critical Theory and Performance

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Janelle G. Reinelt, Joseph R. Roach
University of Michigan Press, 2007 - Performing Arts - 596 pages
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Critical Theory and Performance presents a broad range of critical and theoretical methods and applies them to contemporary and historical performance genres—from stage plays, dance-dramas, performance art, cabaret, stand-up comedy, and jazz to circus, street theater, and shamanistic ritual. As the first comprehensive introduction to critical theory’s rich and diverse contributions to the study of drama, theater, and performance, the book has been highly influential for more than a decade in providing fertile ground for academic investigations in the lively field of performance studies.

 

This updated and expanded edition presents nineteen new essays by the field’s leading scholars and practitioners as well as new critical introductions by editors Janelle G. Reinelt and Joseph R. Roach. Reflecting recent trends in performance studies, this revised edition now includes discussions of critical race theory, postcolonial studies, gender and sexualities, and mediatized cultures. The resulting volume is a unique and indispensable tool for critics, teachers, and students that paves the way for future scholarship.

 

Janelle G. Reinelt is Professor of Theatre and Performance at the University of Warwick. Reinelt and Roach

 

Joseph R. Roach is Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Theater and English at Yale University.

  

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Contents

Bert O States
18
Jim Carmody
37
Postcolonial Studies
67
Richards
85
Phillip B Zarrilli
108
Critical Race Theory
135
Daphne
156
Harry J ElamJr
176
Kate Davy
355
David Roman
372
Psychoanalysis
395
Ann Pellegrini
413
Peggy Phelan
432
Performance Studies
457
Dwight Conquergood
482
Una Chaudhuri
506

viii
191
After Marx
259
Bruce McConachie
284
John Rouse
295
Gender and Sexualities
311
Jill Dolan
334
Mediatized Cultures
521
Herbert Blau
531
SueEllen Case
547
Contributors
563
Index
569
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Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Theater and English Chaired the Department of Performing Arts at Washington University in St. Louis, the Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre at Northwestern University, and the Department of Performance Studies at NYU. His books and articles include Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance (Columbia, 1996), which won the James Russell Lowell Prize from MLA and the Calloway Prize from NYU, The Player's Passion: Studies in the Science of Acting (Michigan, 1993), which won the Barnard Hewitt Award in Theatre History.

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