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Theatre histories : an introduction

Author: Phillip B Zarrilli
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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Providing a clear journey through centuries of European, North and South American, African and Asian forms of theatre and performance, this introduction helps the reader think critically about this exciting field through fascinating yet plain-speaking essays and case studies.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip B Zarrilli
ISBN: 9780415462235 9780415462242 0415462231 041546224X
OCLC Number: 299714681
Description: xxvi, 630 pages : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: pt. 1: Performance and theatre in oral and writing cultures before 1700. Introduction: Speech, writing and performance ; Oral, ritual, and shamanic performance ; Religious and civic festivals: early drama and theatre in context ; Early theatre in court, temple, and marketplace: pleasure, power, and aesthetics --
pt. 2: Theatre and performance in print cultures, 1500-1900, and social order in England, 1660-1790. Theatre and the state, 1600-1900 ; Theatres for knowledge through feeling, 1700-1900 ; Theatre, nation, and empire, 1750-1900 --
pt. 3: Theatre and performance in modern media cultures, 1850-1970. Introduction: Historical changes after 1850 ; Popular entertainments, 1850-1920 ; Theatres of the avant-garde, 1880-1940 ; Modernism in drama and performance, 1880-1970 ; Theatres for reform and revolution, 1920-1970 --
pt. 4: Theatre and performance in the age of global communications, 1950-2009. Introduction: Colonialism, globalization, media, and theatre ; Rich and poor theatres of globalization ; Director, text, actor, and performance in the postmodern world ; Interculturalism, hybridity, tourism: The performing world on new terms.
Responsibility: [edited by] Phillip B. Zarrilli [and others].
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Offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods used by the theatre historians.  Read more...

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'This is the strongest introduction the theatre history available ... its greatest strength is the thematic focus and incorporation of performance traditions from around the world' - Christian Read more...

 
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