The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies
By (author) Christopher B. Balme
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Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies by Christopher B. Balme
Book DescriptionProviding thorough coverage of the methods and tools required in studying historical and contemporary theatre, this Introduction examines the complexities of a rapidly changing and dynamic discipline. Following a cross-cultural perspective, the book surveys the ways theatre and performance are studied by looking initially at key elements such as performers, spectators and space. The central focus is on methodology, which is divided into sections covering theatre theory, historiography and textual and performance analysis. The book covers all the main theatrical genres - drama, opera and dance - providing students with a comparative, integrated perspective. Designed to guide students through the academic dimension of the discipline, the volume emphasizes questions of methodology, research techniques and approaches, and will therefore be relevant for a wide variety of theatre studies courses. Informative textboxes provide background on key topics, and suggestions for further reading are included at the end of each chapter.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521856225
(228mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 18-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Christopher B. Balme
Theatrical Public Sphere, Hardback (June 2014)
The first in-depth study of theatre's relationship to the public sphere in a wide range of cultural and historical contexts.
Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies, Paperback (September 2008)
This volume introduces the key elements and approaches in the study of theatre and performance, covering drama, music theatre and dance.
Pacific Performances, Hardback (November 2006)
This new study explores the history of cross-cultural performative encounters in the Pacific from the Eighteenth century to the present. It examines Western theatrical representations of Pacific cultures and investigates how Pacific Islanders used their own cultural performances to negotiate the colonial situation.
Decolonizing the Stage, Hardback (March 1999)» View all books by Christopher B. Balme
A study of post-colonial drama and theatre. It examines how dramatists from various societies have attempted to fuse the performance idioms of their traditions with the Western dramatic form, demonstrating how the dynamics of syncretic theatrical texts function in performance.
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Author Biography - Christopher B. Balme
Christopher Balme is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Munich.
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