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.
This new work on theater and performance will set the standard for decades and become the reference of choice in these areas. It's not perfect - nothing of this sort can be - but it is thorough, carefully thought out, and easy to use. Kennedy...has arranged the 4300 entries alphabetically, with a thematic table of contents at the start that serves as a guide. Biographical entries make up 45 percent of the text and most are short - two or three to a column. But many of the entries on concepts
and history, as well as styles and movements, are much longer...Overall, the great strength of this work is its global nature, touching on all kinds of performance, including ritual, public executions, dance, sport, sex shows, the new media, and cyber-theater...The international authors and editors
bring a true breadth to the effort. Essential for both public and academic libraries."
' Library Journal `The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance is thoroughly mapped out, making it easy to navigate in spite of its bulk' Michael Caines, Times Literary Supplement `Part of the joy of the hefty new, two-volume The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre & Performance is encountering curious and wonderful terms ... . Part of it is finding scholarly entries on every aspect of public performance, from arcane theory and technical elements to usually overlooked topics such as audience dress and toilets to para- theatrical entertainment like parades, waxworks and porn. The chief delight, though, is the comprehensiveness of these exhaustive tomes, a welcome departure from ... Western Euro- and New York-centrism .... Editor Dennis Kennedy and his dozens of contributors have made an impressive effort to be up-to-date ... to my knowledge, it's the most comprehensive and current theater reference book in print. ' San Francisco Chronicle
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Number Of Pages: 1618
Published: 1st March 2003
Dimensions (cm): 28.194 x 22.606 x 9.144
Weight (kg): 4.056