The Performance Studies Reader

The Performance Studies Reader Author Henry Bial
ISBN-10 0415302412
Release 2004
Pages 329
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The Performance Studies Reader is a lively and much-needed anthology of critical writings on the burgeoning discipline of performance studies. It provides an overview of the full range of performance theory for undergraduates at all levels, and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts and cultural studies. The collection is designed as a companion to Richard Schechner's popular Performance Studies: an Introduction (Routledge, 2002), but is also ideal as a stand-alone text. Henry Bial collects together key critical pieces from the field, referred to as 'suggested readings' in Performance Studies: an Introduction. He also broadens the discussion with additional selections. The structure and themes of the Reader closely follow those of Schechner's companion textbook. The articles in each section focus particularly on three primary areas in performance studies, theatre, anthropology and sociology/cultural studies.



The Performance Studies Reader

The Performance Studies Reader Author Bial
ISBN-10 0415423996
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The first edition of The Performance Studies Reader established itself as the leading anthology of key writings on the continually evolving field of performance studies. Bringing together contributions from a host of renowned artists and scholars, the Reader provided a lively and diverse collection of ideas suitable for undergraduates and beginning graduate students in performance studies, theater, cultural studies and related disciplines. This updated and significantly enlarged Second Edition offers eight new chapters - for a total of 42 - on such important topics as devising theater, public memorial observances, and neurocognitive approaches to performance, as well as expanded introductory essays and internal cross-references. Widely used by students and scholars around the world as a stand-alone text, The Performance Studies Reader, Second Edition is also synchronized to the second edition of Richard Schechner's Performance Studies: An Introduction. Used together, the two volumes continue to provide a complete and integrated package for teaching and learning performance studies. Book jacket.



Performance Studies

Performance Studies Author Richard Schechner
ISBN-10 0415146208
Release 2002
Pages 288
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This book includes discussion of the performing arts and popular entertainments, rituals, play and games as well as the performances of everyday life. It provides a lively and accessible overview for undergraduates and graduate students.



The Popular Music Studies Reader

The Popular Music Studies Reader Author Andy Bennett
ISBN-10 0415307104
Release 2006
Pages 408
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The Popular Music Studies Reader maps the changing nature of popular music over the last decade and considers how popular music studies has expanded and developed to deal with these changes. A wide range of international contributors featuring some of the biggest names in popular music and cultural studies including Philip Auslander, Paul Gilroy and Kodwo Eshun and discuss: * the increasing participation of women in the industry * the changing role of gender and sexuality in popular music * the role of new technologies, especially in production and distribution * the changing nature of the relationship between music production and consumption. The Popular Music Studies Reader places popular music in its cultural context, looks at the significance of popular music in our everyday lives, and examines the global nature of the music industry.



The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader Author Alexandra Carter
ISBN-10 9780415164474
Release 1998
Pages 316
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"Represents the range and diversity of writings on dance from the 1980s and 1990s"--P. [i].



Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader

Contemporary Irish Theatre and Performance Studies Reader Author
ISBN-10 1909325945
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Pages 1046
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Drawing together over seventy outstanding essays from Carysfort Press's various publications on Irish Theatre, this e-publication outlines the reach and complexity of Irish theatre and provides particular understanding of the work of many internationally renowned Irish playwrights, directors, designers and performers.



The Routledge Dance Studies Reader

The Routledge Dance Studies Reader Author Alexandra Carter
ISBN-10 9781135173470
Release 2010-02-25
Pages 424
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The second edition of The Routledge Dance Studies Reader offers fresh critical perspectives on classic and modern dance forms, including ballroom, tango, Hip-hop, site-specific performance, and disability in dance. Alexandra Carter and Janet O’Shea deliver a substantially revised and updated collection of key texts, featuring an enlightening new introduction, which tracks differing approaches to dance studies. Important articles from the first edition are accompanied by twenty new works by leading critical voices. The articles are presented in five thematic sections, each with a new editorial introduction and further reading. Sections cover: Making dance Performing dance Ways of looking Locating dance in history and society Debating the discipline The Routledge Dance Studies Reader gives readers access to over thirty essential texts on dance and provides expert guidance on their critical context. It is a vital resource for anyone interested in understanding dance from a global and contemporary perspective.



The Fan Fiction Studies Reader

The Fan Fiction Studies Reader Author Karen Hellekson
ISBN-10 9781609382278
Release 2014-02-15
Pages 265
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An essential introduction to a rapidly growing field of study, The Fan Fiction Studies Reader gathers in one place the key foundational texts of the fan studies corpus, with a focus on fan fiction. Collected here are important texts by scholars whose groundbreaking work established the field and outlined some of its enduring questions. Editors Karen Hellekson and Kristina Busse provide cogent introductions that place each piece in its historical and intellectual context, mapping the historical development of fan studies and suggesting its future trajectories. Organized into four thematic sections, the essays address fan-created works as literary artifacts; the relationship between fandom, identity, and feminism; fandom and affect; and the role of creativity and performance in fan activities. Considered as literary artifacts, fan works pose important questions about the nature of authorship, the meaning of “originality,” and modes of transmission. Sociologically, fan fiction is and long has been a mostly female enterprise, from the fanzines of the 1960s to online forums today, and this fact has shaped its themes and its standing among fans. The questions of how and why people become fans, and what the difference is between liking something and being a fan of it, have also drawn considerable scholarly attention, as has the question of how fans perform their fannish identities for diverse audiences. Thanks to the overlap between fan studies and other disciplines related to popular and cultural studies—including social, digital, and transmedia studies—an increasing number of scholars are turning to fan studies to engage their students. Fan fiction is the most extensively explored aspect of fan works and fan engagement, and so studies of it can often serve as a basis for addressing other aspects of fandom. These classic essays introduce the field’s key questions and some of its major figures. Those new to the field or in search of context for their own research will find this reader an invaluable resource.



The Transgender Studies Reader

The Transgender Studies Reader Author Susan Stryker
ISBN-10 9781135398842
Release 2013-10-18
Pages 768
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How Picturebooks Work is an innovative and engaging look at the interplay between text and image in picturebooks. The authors explore picturebooks as a specific medium or genre in literature and culture, one that prepares children for other media of communication, and they argue that picturebooks may be the most influential media of all in the socialization and representation of children. Spanning an international range of children's books, this book examine such favorites as Curious George and Frogand Toad Are Friends, along with the works of authors and illustrators including Maurice Sendak and Tove Jansson, among others. With 116 illustrations, How PicturebooksWork offers the student of children's literature a new methodology, new theories, and a new set of critical tools for examining the picturebook form.



Teaching Performance Studies

Teaching Performance Studies Author Nathan Stucky
ISBN-10 0809324660
Release 2002
Pages 290
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Edited by Nathan Stucky and Cynthia Wimmer, Teaching Performance Studies is the first organized treatment of performance studies theory, practice, and pedagogy. This collection of eighteen essays by leading scholars and educators reflects the emergent and contested nature of performance studies, a field that looks at the broad range of human performance from everyday conversation to formal theatre and cultural ritual. The cross-disciplinary freedom enacted by the writers suggests a new vision of performance studies—a deliberate commerce between field and classroom.



The Improvisation Studies Reader

The Improvisation Studies Reader Author Ajay Heble
ISBN-10 9781136187131
Release 2014-08-07
Pages 480
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Improvisation is a performance practice that animates and activates diverse energies of inspiration, critique, and invention. In recent years it has coalesced into an exciting and innovative new field of interdisciplinary scholarly inquiry, becoming a cornerstone of both practical and theoretical approaches to performance. The Improvisation Studies Reader draws together the works of key artists and thinkers from a range of disciplines, including theatre, music, literature, film, and dance. Divided by keywords into eight sections, this book bridges the gaps between these fields. The book includes case studies, exercises, graphic scores and poems in order to produce a teaching and research resource that identifies central themes in improvisation studies. The sections include: Listening Trust/Risk Flow Dissonance Responsibility Liveness Surprise Hope Each section of the Reader is introduced by a newly commissioned think piece by a key figure in the field, which opens up research questions reflecting on the keyword in question. By placing key theoretical and classic texts in conversation with cutting-edge research and artists’ statements, this book answers the urgent questions facing improvising artists and theorists in the mediatized Twenty-First Century.



The Sound Studies Reader

The Sound Studies Reader Author Jonathan Sterne
ISBN-10 9781135762353
Release 2012-11-12
Pages 576
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The Sound Studies Reader blends recent work that self-consciously describes itself as ‘sound studies’ along with earlier and lesser-known scholarship on sound from across the humanities and social sciences. The Sound Studies Reader touches on key themes like noise and silence; architecture, acoustics and space; media and reproducibility; listening, voices and disability; culture, community, power and difference; and shifts in the form and meaning of sound across cultures, contexts and centuries. Writers reflect on crucial historical moments, difficult definitions, and competing accounts of the role of sound in culture and everyday life. Across the essays, readers will gain a sense of the range and history of key debates and discussions in sound studies. The collection begins with an introduction to welcome novice readers to the field and acquaint them the main issues in sound studies. Individual section introductions give readers further background on the essays and an extensive up to date bibliography for further reading in sound studies make this an original and accessible guide to the field. Contributors: Rick Altman, Jacques Attali, Roland Barthes, Jody Berland, Karin Bijsterveld, Barry Blesser, Georgina Born, Michael Bull, Adriana Cavarero, Michel Chion, Kate Crawford, Richard Cullen Rath, Jacques Derrida, Mladen Dolar, John Durham Peters, Kodwo Eshun, Frantz Fanon, Lisa Gitelman, Gerard Goggin, Steve Goodman, Stefan Helmreich, Michelle Hilmes, Charles Hirschkind, Shuhei Hosokawa, Don Ihde, Douglas Kahn, Friedrich Kittler, Brandon LaBelle, James Lastra, Richard Leppert, Michèle Martin, Louise Meintjes, Mara Mills, John Mowitt, R. Murray Schafer, Ana María Ochoa Gautier, John Picker, Benjamin Piekut, Trevor Pinch, Tara Rodgers, Linda-Ruth Salter, Jacob Smith, Jason Stanyek, Jonathan Sterne, Emily Thompson, Frank Trocco, Michael Veal, Alexander Weheliye



The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies

The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies Author D. Soyini Madison
ISBN-10 0761929312
Release 2006
Pages 554
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The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume, reviews of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves scholars and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.



Playing God

Playing God Author Henry Bial
ISBN-10 9780472052929
Release 2015-08-20
Pages 260
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A fascinating look at how the Bible has inspired Broadway plays and musicals, fromBen-HurtoJesus Christ Superstar "



Acting Jewish

Acting Jewish Author Henry Bial
ISBN-10 047206908X
Release 2005
Pages 195
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The history of the American entertainment industry and the history of the Jewish people in the United States are inextricably intertwined. Jews have provided Broadway and Hollywood with some of their most enduring talent, from writers like Arthur Miller, Wendy Wasserstein, and Tony Kushner; to directors like Jerome Robbins and Woody Allen; to performers like Gertrude Berg, John Garfield, Lenny Bruce, and Barbra Streisand. Conversely, show business has provided Jews with a means of upward mobility, a model for how to "become American," and a source of cultural pride. Acting Jewish documents this history, looking at the work of Jewish writers, directors, and actors in the American entertainment industry with particular attention to the ways in which these artists offer behavioral models for Jewish-American audiences. The book spans the period from 1947 to the present and takes a close look at some of America's favorite plays (Death of a Salesman, Fiddler on the Roof, Angels in America), films (Gentleman's Agreement, Annie Hall), and television shows (The Goldbergs, Seinfeld), identifying a double-coding by which performers enact, and spectators read, Jewishness in contemporary performance-and, by extension, enact and read other minority identities. The book thus explores and illuminates the ever-changing relationship between Jews and mainstream American culture. "Fascinating and original . . . Bial's command of sources is impressive, and his concept of 'double-coding' is convincing . . . the book should have no trouble finding a large audience." -Barbara Grossman, author of Funny Woman: The Life and Times of Fanny Brice Henry Bial is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Film, University of Kansas. He is editor of the Performance Studies Reader and co-editor of the Brecht Sourcebook.



Theory for Performance Studies

Theory for Performance Studies Author Philip Auslander
ISBN-10 9780415974523
Release 2008
Pages 168
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Theory for Performance Studies: A Student's Guideis a clear and concise handbook to the key connections between performance studies and critical theory since the 1960s. Philip Auslander looks at the way the concept of performance has been engaged across a number of disciplines. Beginning with four foundational figures – Freud, Marz, Nietzsche and Saussure – Auslander goes on to provide guided introductions to the major theoretical thinkers of the past century, from Althusser to Zizek. Each entry offers biographical, theoretical, and bibliographical information along with a discussion of each figure's relevance to theatre and performance studies and suggestions for future research. Brisk, thoughtful, and engaging, this is an essential first volume for anyone at work in theatre and performance studies today. Adapted from Theory for Religious Studies, by William E. Deal and Timothy K. Beal.



The Interpreting Studies Reader

The Interpreting Studies Reader Author Franz Pöchhacker
ISBN-10 0415224780
Release 2002
Pages 436
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The Interpreting Studies Reader is the definitive guide to the growing area of interpreting studies. Spanning the multiple and diverse approaches to interpreting, it draws together the key articles in the field and puts them in their thematic and social contexts. This is a comprehensive overview of interpreting studies and the new directions the subject is taking in the twenty-first century. Features include: *an introductory essay reviewing the evolution of interpreting studies *organization into seven thematic sections, each with an editors' introduction *a comprehensive bibliography and suggestions for further reading. The Interpreting Studies Reader is an invaluable introduction and reference for students, researchers and practitioners.