Theatricality

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Tracy C. Davis, Thomas Postlewait, Davis Tracy C.
Cambridge University Press, 2003 - Drama - 243 pages
This collection of specially-commissioned, accessible, essays explores that element of performance theory known as theatricality. Six case studies use historically specific circumstances to illustrate how and why the concept of theatricality was and is used. Topics discussed include early use of the term; employment of 'theatricality' by a number of other disciplines to describe events; non-Western interpretation of theatricality; and its use when discussing and analyzing political and cultural events and philosophies. The book provides a first-step guide for those discovering the complex yet rewarding world of performance theory.
 

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Contents

Theatricality an introduction
1
Performing miracles the mysterious mimesis of Valenciennes 1547
40
Theatricality in classical Chinese drama
65
Theatricality and antitheatricality in renaissance London
90
Theatricality and civil society
127
Defining political performance with Foucault and Habermas strategic and communicative action
156
Theatricalitys proper objects genealogies of performance and gender theory
186
List of works cited
214
Index
238
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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 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.

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