From ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in stage design, from the trance-dances of Sumatra to an extensive biography of the legendary actor-manager Eleonore Duse, the Encyclopedia provides unrivaled information across the broad sweep of theatrical activity.
The Encyclopedia's inclusive approach encompasses opera and film, dance and radio, and para-theatrical, non-dramatic performances including circuses and carnivals, and parades and public executions--providing truly extensive coverage from ancient Greek theatre to the latest developments in London, Paris, New York, and around the globe. The Encyclopedia pays special attention to non-Western styles through articles on theatre and performance throughout the many countries and traditions of Asia and Africa. Numerous biographical entries cover the lives and work of major figures: actors, playwrights, directors, designer, company managers, and critics. A unique feature of the Encyclopedia is the series of articles on concepts, theories, and critical approaches, ranging from short definitions of terms like catharsis and monologue to more lengthy considerations of farce and tragedy. Race and theatre, the nature of acting, censorship, safety, special effects, and media and performance are all debated. In all, the 4,300 entries by renowned contributors remain accessible in language and approach and take advantage of the theoretical and historiographical developments in the field.
The combination of rich detail and accessible language and style make The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance the resource of choice for readers interested in theatre and performance, from occasional playgoers to newspaper critics, students, and scholars.
Global in scope, authoritative in detail, and generous in coverage,The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance will be the standard work of reference in the field for decades to come. Coordinating the efforts of an international team of advisory editors and over three-hundred specialist contributors, Dennis Kennedy has gathered together in two volumes thousands of reasons why the many varieties of theatrical performance have long been so important to the world and why, now more than ever, they ought to remain so. Joseph Roach, Professor of Theatre and English Yale University This book is uniquely comprehensive and, to anyone at all interested in theatre, pretty well indispensable. What's more it's highly readable. Sir Richard Eyre, former Director, RNT Will set the standard for decades ... the great strength of this work is its global nature. Library Journal
Format: Multi-Copy Pack
Number Of Pages: 1624
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 28.5 x 22.7 x 9.7
Weight (kg): 4.24