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Theatre, Body and Pleasure - Simon Shepherd

Theatre, Body and Pleasure

Paperback Published: 15th November 2005
ISBN: 9780415253758
Number Of Pages: 198

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Drama is a medium in which one group of bodies watches another group of bodies. The theatre is a place which exhibits what a human body is, what it does, what it is capable of. It requires special things of bodies, putting pressure on its audience as well as its performers. It creates and manipulates pleasure in relation to bodies.
Part theatre history, part dramatic criticism, part theoretical tour de force, the central argument in "Theatre, Body and Pleasure" is that theatre is where society negotiates around bodily value and bodily meaning. It will therefore appeal to those with interests not only in theatre but also in wider questions about society, culture and pleasure.
This unique and powerful study features
- a large historical range, from medieval to postmodern
- case studies offering close readings of written texts
- examples of how to "read for the body," exploring written text as a "discipline" of the body
- a breadth of cultural reference, from stage plays through to dance culture
- a range of theoretical approaches, including dance analysis and phenomenology.
Simon Shepherd explores the interplay of bodily value, the art of bodies and the physical responses to that art. He explains first how the body makes meaning and carries value, and describes the relationship between time, space and body. From here he looks at bodies that go beyond their apparent limits, becoming excessive, tangling with objects, dissolving into their surroundings.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introduction: theatrically imagined bodiesp. 1
Body and scriptp. 11
Script as a discipline of the bodyp. 14
Theatre and bodily valuep. 32
The wrong dog (an account of significant inaction)p. 55
In time and spacep. 73
Just at that very moment: the organisation of body rhythmp. 77
'Look out behind you'p. 97
Beyond integrityp. 113
Strutting, bellowing, muscles and noisep. 115
Lolo's breasts and a wooden Christp. 138
Dissipationp. 153
Notesp. 176
Bibliographyp. 177
Indexp. 194
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ISBN: 9780415253758
ISBN-10: 0415253756
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 198
Published: 15th November 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.34 x 13.21  x 1.19
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1

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