Theory/Theatre: An Introduction

Theory/Theatre: An Introduction

Theory/Theatre: An Introduction

Theory/Theatre: An Introduction

Synopsis

This is a new and enlarged edition of Mark Fortier's very successful and widely used essential text for students. Theory/Theatre provides a unique and engaging introduction to literary theory as it relates to theatre and performance. Fortier lucidly examines current theoretical approaches, from semiotics, poststructuralism, through cultural materialism, postcolonial studies and feminist theory.This new edition includes:* More detailed explanation of key ideas* New 'Putting it into practice' sections at the end of each chapter so you can approach performances from specific theoretical perspectives* Annotated further reading section and glossary. Theory/Theatre is still the only study of its kind and is invaluable reading for beginning students and scholars of performance studies.

Excerpt

Have you ever overheard an argument in which one person said to another, 'Don't psychoanalyse me'? Or have you heard someone on a popular television show use the word 'deconstruct'? Have you ever seen protesters shouting 'Down with patriarchy'? Or someone hesitate around an assertion by saying 'But that's just my reading of the situation'? It's unlikely that the two quarrellers were psychotherapists, the tv personality a graduate student, the protesters professors of feminist theory, or that the hesitant one knew much about reader-response, but they were all using words and ideas that have entered the popular vocabulary from cultural theory.

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