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Performance Theory : Routledgeclassics - Richard Schechner

Performance Theory


Paperback Published: 21st August 2003
ISBN: 9780415314558
Number Of Pages: 407

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Few have had quite as much impact in both the academy and in the world of theatre production as Richard Schechner. For more than four decades his work has challenged conventional definitions of theatre, ritual, and performance. When this seminal collection first appeared, Schechner's approach was not only novel, it was revolutionary: drama is not just something that occurs on stage, but something full of meaning operating on many levels in everyday life, in both secular and sacred rituals, play, sports, legal processes, and popular entertainments. Within these pages he examines the connections between Western and non-Western cultures, the performing arts, anthropology, rituals, performance in everyday life, playing, psychotherapy, and shamanism. For this "Routledge Classics" edition, Schechner has written a new preface, revised and updated Chapter One and added a final chapter. Unparalleled within his field, Schechner redefined what performance means, and in doing so, has contested the boundaries that separated audience and actor ever since.

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'Reading Performance Theory by Richard Schechner again, three decades after its first edition, is like meeting an old friend and finding out how much of him/her has been with you all along this way.' -- Augusto Boal

Preface to the Routledge Classics Editionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Author's Notep. xv
Introduction: The Fan and the Webp. xvii
Approachesp. 1
Actualsp. 26
Drama, script, theater, and performancep. 66
From ritual to theater and back: the efficacy--entertainment braidp. 112
Toward a poetics of performancep. 170
Selective inattentionp. 211
Ethology and theaterp. 235
Magnitudes of performancep. 290
Rasaestheticsp. 333
Referencesp. 368
Indexp. 383
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ISBN: 9780415314558
ISBN-10: 0415314550
Series: Routledgeclassics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 407
Published: 21st August 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.05 x 12.7  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 2

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