History, Gender, Performance
By (author) Michael Mangan
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Staging Masculinities by Michael Mangan
Book Description'One man in his time plays many parts/His acts being seven ages', asserts Shakespeare's Jacques, in a speech which foreshadows what has become a commonplace of contemporary gender theory: that masculinity, far from being a secure, unproblematic gender identity, is a site of crisis and contradictions. Staging Masculinities engages with the complex and paradoxical history of masculinities by exploring the ways in which changing concepts of what it means 'to be a man' have been represented, celebrated, examined and critiqued on mainstream Western - and particularly English - stages. Mapping a history of masculinities onto a history of theatre, Michael Mangan analyses a wide range of plays and performances, from Henry V to Peter Pan, and from medieval liturgical drama to contemporary West-End hits. In the process Mangan offers new and gendered readings of several familiar plays, and traces an intricate relationship between theatrical performance and gender performance.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780333720189
(224mm x 145mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publish Date: 30-Oct-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Michael Mangan
Staging Ageing, Paperback (January 2014)
How can plays and performances, past and present, inform our understanding of aging? Drawing primarily on the Western dramatic canon, on contemporary British theater, on popular culture, and on paratheatrical practices, this book investigates theatrical engagement with aging from the Greek chorus to Reminiscence Theater.
Drama, Theatre and Performance Companion, Paperback (May 2013)
Offering essential guidance to students throughout their undergraduate studies, this companion explores the development of a discipline that is still in flux, offers practical advice about how to study it and where this study might lead, and provides a useful reference resource on key practitioners, debates, performances and terms.
Performing Dark Arts, Paperback (August 2007)
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.
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"Staging Masculinities" is a critical history of the ways in which changing concepts of masculinity have been represented, explored and critiqued on mainstream Western and particularly English stages. The study analyses a wide variety of plays.
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Author Biography - Michael Mangan
MICHAEL MANGAN is Professor of Drama at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He has published books and articles on various aspects of drama, and has worked as a playwright and director.
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