Performing Dark Arts
A Cultural History of Conjuring
By (author) Michael Mangan
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Performing Dark Arts by Michael Mangan
Book DescriptionMagic and conjuring inhabit the boundaries and the borderlands of performance. The conjuror's act of demonstrating the apparently impossible, the uncanny, the marvellous, or the grotesque challenges the spectator's sense of reality. It brings him or her up against their own assumptions about how the world works; at its most extreme, it asks the spectator to re-evaluate his or her sense of the limits of the human. "Performing Dark Arts" is an exploration of the paradox of the conjuror, the actor who pretends to be a magician. It aims to illuminate the history of conjuring by examining it in the context of performance studies, and to throw light on aspects of performance studies by testing them against the art of conjuring. The book examines not only the performances of individual magicians from Dedi to David Blaine, but also the broader cultural contexts in which their performances were received, and the meanings which they have attracted. "Performing Dark Arts" is part of the "Theatre and Consciousness" series (series editor is Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe).
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781841501499
(229mm x 175mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Intellect Books
Publisher: Intellect Books
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This text sets out the contemporary theories and practices of comedy together with broader theories of comedy and the major themes they contain. An analysis of the major Shakespearan comedies and factual information about the contemporary scene is included here.
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Author Biography - Michael Mangan
Michael Mangan holds the Chair in Drama at Exeter University. His main research interests lie in the broad area of theatre and society: more specifically, he has published books, articles and papers on the subjects of: theatre and gender, Shakespeare and Renaissance theatre, the cultural history of popular performance, and contemporary British theatre. He has also worked as a playwright, a director, a literary manager, a dramaturg and an actor.
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