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The theatrical public sphere

Author: Christopher B Balme
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, [2016]
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Christopher B. Balme explores theatre's role in the crucial political and social function of the public sphere, from the debates that led to the closure of British theatres in 1642 to the relevance  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher B Balme
ISBN: 9781316638873 1316638871 9781107006836 110700683X
OCLC Number: 1005106271
Description: xi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction; 1. Locating the theatrical public sphere; 2. Reciprocal articulations: from playbills to blogs; 3. Openings and closures: puritans and the pilloried stage; 4. The prophet on stage: theatre, religion and the transnational public sphere; 5. Thresholds of tolerance and the publicity of scandal; 6. Distributed aesthetics and the global public sphere.
Responsibility: Christopher B. Balme.


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'Balme presents us with a fascinating tour de force ... he is not only able to unravel a persuasive argument and extend Habermas' theory to performance, but by doing so he also questions the very Read more...

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