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Author Zarrilli, Phillip B
Title Theatre Histories : An Introduction
Imprint Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group, 2010
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Edition 2nd ed
Descript 1 online resource (655 pages)
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Note Cover -- Theatre Histories -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Table of Contents -- About the authors -- Acknowledgments -- Preface : Interpreting performances and cultures -- A first mapping: About this book in its second edition -- A second mapping: Theatre in relation to key developments in human communication -- A third mapping: Cultural performances, theatre, and drama -- A fourth mapping: About historiography -- A caveat on using resources on the World Wide Web -- Additional support for this book online -- Diacritics, spellings, names, and a final note on authorship -- PART I Performance and theatre in oral and writing cultures before 1700 -- Timeline for Part I -- Introduction: Speech, writing, and performance -- The evolution of human language and consciousness -- Human language, writing, and society -- Performance, communication, and remembrance -- 1 Oral, ritual, and shamanic performance -- Primary orality -- Oral performance -- Oral texts and their transmission under the written sign: Vedic chanting in India -- Ritual specialists: Accessing sacred power -- Late Neolithic ritual landscapes and pilgrimage in England -- Early Celtic oral and ritual festival performance -- Interpreting and understanding ritual -- Ritual, ceremony, and collective social life -- Healing powers of ritual/shamanic specialists -- Summary -- Case studies -- Yoruba ritual as "play," and "contingency" in the ritual process -- Interpretive approach Theories of play and improvisation -- Korean shamanism and the power of speech -- Interpretive approach Speech act theory -- 2 Religious and civic festivals : Early drama and theatre in context -- Commemorative ritual "drama" in Abydos, Egypt -- Dialogic drama in the city-state of Athens -- Mesoamerican performance -- Texts in other traditions -- Medieval Christian liturgy and drama
Islamic commemorative mourning "dramas": The Ta'ziyeh of Iran and beyond -- Summary -- Case studies -- Classical Greek theatre: Looking at Oedipus -- Interpretive approach Cognitive spatial relations -- Christians and Moors: Medieval performance in Spain and the New World -- Interpretive approach Cultural hierarchy -- 3 Early theatre in court, temple, and marketplace: Pleasure, power, and aesthetics -- Drama, theatre, and performance in the Roman Republic and Empire -- Indian literary and commemorative drama and theatre -- Early Chinese and Japanese drama, theatre, and performance -- Summary -- Case studies -- Plautus's plays: What's so funny? -- Interpretive approach Part I Henri Bergson's theory of laughter -- Interpretive approach Part II Bergson's theory in historical perspective -- Kutiyattam Sanskrit theatre of India: Rasa-bhāva aesthetic theory and the question of taste -- Interpretive approach Reception theory -- Kathakali dance-drama: Divine "play" and human suffering on stage -- Interpretive approach Ethnography and history -- The silent bell: The Japanese nōplay, Dōjōji -- Interpretive approach Feminist and gender theory, modified for medieval Japan -- PART II Theatre and performance in print cultures, 1500-1900 -- Timeline for Part II -- Introduction: China and Western Europe -- The rise of European professional theatres -- Institutionalizing drama in Europe -- Golden Age theatre in Spain, public and court, 1590-1650 -- Neoclassicism and print in Europe -- Le Cid and French absolutism -- Scenic perspective in print and on stage -- Baroque entertainments at court -- From outdoor festivals to indoor pomp -- Coming attractions -- 4 Theatre and the state, 1600-1900 -- Theatre and the state in France, 1630-1675 -- From patronage to control in France, 1675-1789 -- Samurai warriors versus kabuki actors, 1600-1670 -- Regulating kabuki, 1670-1868
Theatre and the state in England, 1600-1660 -- Patents, censorship, and social order in England, 1660-1790 -- Theatre and the state in England and France, 1790-1900 -- Case studies -- Molière and carnival laughter -- Interpretive approach Mikhail M. Bakhtin's concept of the carnivalesque -- Kabuki and bunraku: Mimesis and the hybrid body -- Interpretive approach Mimesis, hybridity, and the body -- Sexuality in Shakespeare's Twelfth Night -- Interpretive approach Queer theory -- 5 Theatres for knowledge through feeling, 1700-1900 -- Sentimental drama in England -- Sentiment on the continent -- Acting in the eighteenth century -- Theorizing acting -- Performers and the public -- Changes and challenges in sentimentalism -- The French Revolution and melodrama -- Melodramatic spectacle -- Melodrama gains audiences -- Dramatists claim authority -- Case studies -- Theatre iconology and the actor as icon: David Garrick -- Interpretive approach Cultural studies and theatre iconology -- Theatre and cultural hegemony: Comparing popular melodramas -- Interpretive approach Cultural hegemony -- 6 Theatre, nation, and empire, 1750-1900 -- Print, theatre, and nationalism -- Romanticism and the theatre -- Romanticism, history, and nationalism -- Nationalistic stars -- Imperialism and Orientalism in the theatre -- Imperialism and nationalism on the Russian stage -- Settler colonialism and racism in the theatre of the United States -- Theatre riots -- Case studies -- Friedrich Schiller's vision of aesthetic education and the German dream of a national theatre -- Interpretive approach Studies in theatre and national/cultural identity -- The Playboy riots: Nationalism in the Irish theatre -- Interpretive approach Cognitive linguistics -- PART III Theatre and performance in modern media cultures, 1850-1970 -- Timeline for Part III
Introduction: Historical changes after 1850 -- Photography and audiophony in the theatre -- Spectacular bodies on the popular stage -- The rise of realism in the West -- Realist producer-directors -- The rise of realism in Japan -- Theatre and politics in Europe and the U.S. -- The emergence of avant-garde theatre -- Modernism in the theatre -- The Great War as a turning point in world theatre -- Overview of Chapters 7-10 -- 7 Popular entertainments, 1850-1920 -- The circus as popular culture -- Promoting popular entertainment -- Variety theatre -- English music hall -- Theatrical revues -- Popular melodrama and comedy -- Musical theatre -- World fairs and exhibitions -- Case studies -- "Blacking up" on the U.S. stage -- Interpretive approach Reification and utopia in popular culture -- British pantomime: How "bad" theatre remains popular -- Interpretive approach Phenomenology and history -- 8 Theatres of the avant-garde, 1880-1940 -- Naturalism on stage -- Symbolism and aestheticism -- Futurists and dadaists -- German expressionism -- Film and the avant-garde -- Meyerhold and constructivism -- Surrealism and Artaud -- A United States avant-garde? -- Institutionalizing the avant-garde -- The end of the first-wave avant-garde -- Case studies -- Psychological and sociological training for the actor -- Interpretive approach Conceptual integration -- Discoursing on desire: Desire Under the Elms in the 1920s -- Interpretive approach Discourse theory -- 9 Modernism in drama and performance, 1880-1970 -- Early modernism in Ibsen and Chekhov -- High modernism after 1910 -- High modernists Yeats and Pirandello -- High modernism and religion -- Beckett and the end of high modernism -- Theatricalizing modernism after 1940 -- Modernist Shakespeare in England -- Lyrical abstraction in France -- Psychological realism in the United States
Modernist theory and criticism after 1940 -- Theatrical modernism in Japan -- Case studies -- Ibsen's A Doll House: If Nora were a material girl -- Interpretive approach Cultural materialism -- Modernism in Chekhov, Pirandello, and Beckett -- 10 Theatres for reform and revolution, 1920-1970 -- Theatricalizing the Russian Revolution -- The influence of the Revolution in the West -- Theatres of anti-imperialism, 1900-1960 -- Postwar theatre in Japan and Germany -- New national theatres in Europe -- Theatre and the cold war -- Other models of political theatre -- 1968 and its consequences -- Case studies -- Social drama in Kerala, India: Staging the "revolution" -- Interpretive approach Politics, ideology, history, and performance -- Brecht directs Mother Courage -- Interpretive approach Semiotics -- PART IV Theatre and performance in the age of global communications, 1950-2009 -- Timeline for Part IV -- Introduction: Colonialism, globalization, media, and theatre -- Media and theatre: All in the family -- Niche programming in media and theatre: All the families -- Globalization, media, theatre, and performance -- The media: Power and resistance -- Theatre, performance, resistance -- Performance art -- Theatre in postcolonial African nations -- Theatre and media in a globalizing China -- Summary -- 11 Rich and poor theatres of globalization -- National theatres in the international marketplace -- International festivals -- Mega-musicals -- Radical theatre in the West after 1968 -- Post-1968 radical theatre in developing nations -- Theatres for development -- Nuevo Teatro Popular -- Community-based theatre since 1990 495 -- Case studies -- The vortex of Times Square -- Interpretive approach Vortices of behavior -- Athol Fugard: Theatre of witnessing in South Africa -- Interpretive approach Social justice and the artist
12 Director, text, actor, and performance in the postmodern world
This new edition of  the innovative and  widely acclaimed Theatre Histories: An Introduction offers overviews of theatre and drama in many world cultures and periods together with case studies demonstrating the methods and interpretive approaches used by today's theatre historians. Completely revised and renewed in color, enhancements and new material include: a full-color text design with added timelines to each opening section a wealth of new color illustrations to help convey the vitality of performances described new case studies on African, Asian, and Western subjects a new chapter on modernism, and updated and expanded chapters and part introductions fuller definitions of terms and concepts throughout in a new glossary a re-designed support website offering links to new audio-visual resources, expanded bibliographies, approaches to teaching theatre and performance history, discussion questions relating to case studies and an online glossary
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Zarrilli, Phillip B. Theatre Histories : An Introduction Abingdon, Oxon : Taylor & Francis Group,c2010 9780415462235
Subject Theater -- History.;Performing arts -- History
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Alt Author McConachie, Bruce
Williams, Gary Jay
Fisher Sorgenfrei, Carol
Nellhaus, Tobin
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