Performance Studies: An Introduction

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Routledge, 2013 - Drama - 359 pages
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The publication of Performance Studies: An Introduction was a defining moment for the field. Richard Schechner's pioneering textbook provides a lively and accessible overview of the full range of performance for undergraduates at all levels and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts, and cultural studies. Among the topics discussed are the performing arts and popular entertainments, rituals, play and games, and the performances of everyday life. Supporting examples and ideas are drawn from the social sciences, performing arts, poststructuralism, ritual theory, ethology, philosophy, and aesthetics.

This third edition is accompanied by an all-new companion website curated by a dedicated media editor, with the following resources for instructors and students: 

  • Interactive glossary
  • Multiple choice questions
  • Powerpoint Slides.
  • Videos
  • Website links for further study
  • Tutorials on specific skills within Performance Studies
  • Sample Discussion Questions
  • Exercises and Activities
  • Sample Syllabi

The book itself has also been revised, with 25 new extracts and biographies, up-to-date coverage of global and intercultural performances, and further exploration of the growing international presence of Performance Studies as a discipline.

Performance Studiesis the definitive overview for undergraduates, with primary extracts, student activities, key biographies and over 200 images of global performance.

 

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In this second edition, the author opens with a discussion of important developments in the discipline. His closing chapter, 'Global and Intercultural Performance', is completely rewritten in light of ... Read full review

Contents

1 WHAT IS PERFORMANCE STUDIES?
1
2 WHAT IS PERFORMANCE?
28
3 RITUAL
52
4 PLAY
89
5 PERFORMATIVITY
123
6 PERFORMING
170
7 PERFORMANCE PROCESSES
221
8 GLOBAL AND INTERCULTURAL PERFORMANCES
263
REFERENCES
332
INDEX
346
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About the author (2013)

Richard Schechner is a pioneer of Performance Studies. A scholar, theatre director, editor, and playwright he is University Professor of Performance Studies at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and Editor of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies. He is the author of Public Domain (1969), Environmental Theater (1973), The End of Humanism (1982), Performance Theory (2003, Routledge), Between Theater and Anthropology (1985), The Future of Ritual (1993, Routledge), and Over, Under, and Around: Essays on Performance and Culture (2004). His books have been translated into French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Serbo-Croat, German, Italian, Hungarian, Bulgarian and Polish.  He is the general editor of the Worlds of Performance series published by Routledge and the co-editor of the Enactments series published by Seagull Books.

Sara Brady is Assistant Professor at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York (CUNY). She is author of Performance, Politics and the War on Terror (2012).

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