Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance
By (author) W. B. Worthen
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Shakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance by W. B. Worthen
Book DescriptionShakespeare and the Force of Modern Performance asks a central theoretical question in the study of drama: what is the relationship between the dramatic text and the meanings of performance? Developing the notion of 'performativity' explored by J. L. Austin, Judith Butler, and others, Worthen argues that the text cannot govern the force of its performance. Instead the text becomes significant only as embodied in the changing conventions of its performance. Worthen explores this understanding of dramatic performativity by interrogating several contemporary sites of Shakespeare production. He analyses how Shakespeare is recreated in historical performance, exemplified by the Globe Theatre on Bankside; by international and intercultural performance; by film; and by the appearance of Shakespeare on the Internet. The book includes detailed discussions of recent film and stage productions, and sets Shakespeare performance alongside other works of contemporary drama and theatre.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521008006
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author W. B. Worthen
Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater, Paperback (October 2015)
Tracing British and American stage drama from the 1880s onward, this book shows drama as the interplay of text, stage production, and audience. It identifies three rhetorical strategies that distinguish an O'Neill play from a Yeats, or these two from a Brecht.
Drama, Hardback (December 2009)
Drama: Between Poetry and Performance discusses major plays, drawing on examples from playwrights including Shakespeare, Ibsen, Beckett, and Parks, and asks how they offer a critical perspective on the drama's relation to books, to the process of embodiment, and to the mapping of space in the theatre.
Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama, Paperback (March 2009)
In Print and the Poetics of Modern Drama, W. B. Worthen asks how the print form of drama bears on how we understand its dual identity.
Companion to Shakespeare and Performance, Paperback (September 2008)» View all books by W. B. Worthen
A state-of-the-art overview of the rapidly developing field of Shakespeare performance studies. Redraws the boundaries of Shakespeare performance studies. Considers performance in a range of media, including in print, in the classroom, in the theatre, in film, on television and video, in multimedia and digital forms.
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Author Biography - W. B. Worthen
W. B. Worthen is Professor and Chair of the Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Idea of the Actor: Drama and the Ethics of Performance (1984), Modern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater (1992), Shakespeare and the Authority of Performance (Cambridge, 1997), and of a wide range of articles on drama and performance in major journals.
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