New Readings in Theatre History

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November 2003



Theater history has often been interpreted in ways which highlight and omit key elements. Jacky Bratton explores this dilemma by examining how theater history has been chronicled and interpreted. Analyzing case studies from nineteenth-century British theater, Bratton reveals the difference between the existence of "the drama" (plays and play literature) and "the stage" (performance, theater building, and attendance).


Acknowledgements; Part I. Background: 1. Theatre history today; 2. British theatre history: 1708-1832; 3. Theatre in London in 1832: a new overview; 4. Theatre history and reform; 5. Part II. Case Studies: 5. Anecdote and mimicry as history; 6. Theatre history and the discourse of the popular; 7. Claiming kin: an experiment in genealogical research; Notes; Index.


Jacky Bratton is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London.


'It is an impressive and progressive post-modern peroration and the excellence of its provocative energy should propel readers of all stamps towards a revitalised relish of the stage and all its traffic.' Times Higher Education Supplement 'When a scholar as distinguished as Jacky Bratton expresses doubts about the health of theatre history as an academic discipline, attention must be paid.' Journal of Theatre Research International 'I can't understand why this book hasn't been more loudly celebrated. It mixes challenge with delight to a quite uncommon degree, is scholarly without ever being pompous or obscure and is beautifully written.' Studies in Theatre and Performance 'This book achieves all the author sets out for herself. It is a radical rethinking of how we make and disseminate our theatre histories. For the scholar of the nineteenth-century theatre, it will surely be a field-changing volume. Professor Bratton has undoubtedly raised the bar for how we uncover, narrate, and theorise evidence of theatrical activity in this period. The questions she poses are both important and complex, and our attempts to address them will undoubtedly invigorate academic practice and debate.' Nineteenth Century Theatre and Film
EAN: 9780521794633
ISBN: 0521794633
Untertitel: 'Theatre and Performance Theory'. 6 b/w illus. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: Cambridge University Press
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2003
Seitenanzahl: 252 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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