Philosophy and Theatre

An Introduction


Author: Tom Stern

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 113457598X

Category: Philosophy

Page: 210

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The relationship between philosophy and theatre is a central theme in the writings of Plato and Aristotle and of dramatists from Aristophanes to Stoppard. Where Plato argued that playwrights and actors should be banished from the ideal city for their suspect imitations of reality, Aristotle argued that theatre, particularly tragedy, was vital for stimulating our emotions and helping us to understanding ourselves. Despite this rich history the study of philosophy and theatre has been largely overlooked in contemporary philosophy. This is the first book to introduce philosophy and theatre. It covers key topics and debates, presenting the contributions of major figures in the history of philosophy, including: what is theatre? How does theatre compare with other arts? theatre as imitation, including Plato on mimesis truth and illusion in the theatre, including Nietzsche on tragedy theatre as history theatre and morality, including Rousseau’s criticisms of theatre audience and emotion, including Aristotle on catharsis theatre and politics, including Brecht’s Epic Theatre. Including annotated further reading and summaries at the end of each chapter, Philosophy and Theatre is an ideal starting point for those studying philosophy, theatre studies and related subjects in the arts and humanities.

Staging Philosophy

Intersections of Theater, Performance, and Philosophy


Author: David Krasner,David Z. Saltz

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472025145

Category: Drama

Page: 344

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The fifteen original essays in Staging Philosophy make useful connections between the discipline of philosophy and the fields of theater and performance and use these insights to develop new theories about theater. Each of the contributors— leading scholars in the fields of performance and philosophy— breaks new ground, presents new arguments, and offers new theories that will pave the way for future scholarship. Staging Philosophy raises issues of critical importance by providing case studies of various philosophical movements and schools of thought, including aesthetics, analytic philosophy, phenomenology, deconstruction, critical realism, and cognitive science. The essays, which are organized into three sections— history and method, presence, and reception— take up fundamental issues such as spectatorship, empathy, ethics, theater as literature, and the essence of live performance. While some essays challenge assertions made by critics and historians of theater and performance, others analyze the assumptions of manifestos that prescribe how practitioners should go about creating texts and performances. The first book to bridge the disciplines of theater and philosophy, Staging Philosophy will provoke, stimulate, engage, and ultimately bring theater to the foreground of intellectual inquiry while it inspires further philosophical investigation into theater and performance. David Krasner is Associate Professor of Theater Studies, African American Studies, and English at Yale University. His books include A Beautiful Pageant: African American Theatre, Drama, and Performance in the Harlem Renaissance, 1910-1920 and Renaissance, Parody, and Double Consciousness in African American Theatre, 1895-1910. He is co-editor of the series Theater: Theory/Text/Performance. David Z. Saltz is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies and Head of the Department of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia. He is coeditor of Theater Journal and is the principal investigator of the innovative Virtual Vaudeville project at the University of Georgia.

Encounters in Performance Philosophy


Author: Laura Cull Ó Maoilearca,A. Lagaay

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137462728

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

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Encounters in Performance Philosophy is a collection of 14 essays by international researchers which demonstrates the vitality of the field of Performance Philosophy. The essays address a wide range of concerns common to performance and philosophy including: the body, language, performativity, mimesis and tragedy.

Baroque, Venice, Theatre, Philosophy


Author: Will Daddario

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319495232

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 261

View: 550

This book theorizes the baroque as neither a time period nor an artistic style but as a collection of bodily practices developed from clashes between governmental discipline and artistic excess, moving between the dramaturgy of Jesuit spiritual exercises, the political theatre-making of Angelo Beolco (aka Ruzzante), and the civic governance of the Venetian Republic at a time of great tumult. The manuscript assembles plays seldom read or viewed by English-speaking audiences, archival materials from three Venetian archives, and several secondary sources on baroque, Renaissance, and early modern epistemology in order to forward and argument for understanding the baroque as a gathering of social practices. Such a rethinking of the baroque aims to complement the already lively studies of neo-baroque aesthetics and ethics emerging in contemporary scholarship on (for example) Latin American political art.

Theatre and Phenomenology

Manual Philosophy


Author: Daniel Johnston

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137530529

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 210

View: 824

What it means to ‘be’ goes to the heart of drama. But in order to engage with theatre’s Being-in-the-world, we need to attend to the meaning of being both in everyday life and in the creative process. This book provides a clear and accessible introduction to key concepts of phenomenology in relation to theatre, showing how they shed light on the works of influential theatre-makers such as Brecht, Artaud, and Stanislavski. By placing these concepts in dialogue with theatre-makers, Johnston is able to demonstrate how philosophical ideas can be put to work in a theatrical context and how we can approach difficult theory from a practical perspective. Each chapter features exercises and topics for discussion to encourage readers to explore the ideas presented in more depth, making it an excellent resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of theatre, performance studies, and philosophy.

Critical Cinema

Beyond the Theory of Practice


Author: Clive Myer

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 023150456X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 3757

Critical Cinema: Beyond the Theory of Practice purges the obstructive line between the making of and the theorising on film, uniting theory and practice in order to move beyond the commercial confines of Hollywood. Opening with an introduction by Bill Nichols, one of the world's leading writers on nonfiction film, this volume features contributions by such prominent authors as Noel Burch, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, Brian Winston and Patrick Fuery. Seminal filmmakers such as Peter Greenaway and Mike Figgis also contribute to the debate, making this book a critical text for students, academics, and independent filmmakers as well as for any reader interested in new perspectives on culture and film.

The Theatre of Robert Wilson


Author: Arthur Holmberg

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521364928

Category: Drama

Page: 229

View: 556

The first comprehensive study of the leading American avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson.

Theatres of Thought

Theatre, Performance and Philosophy


Author: Daniel Peter Watt,Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 189

View: 1912

Theatre, fundamentally, makes things appear. Philosophy, fundamentally, makes things appear. Philosophy is at work in all disciplines. The issue is less about bringing them together but rather articulating the fact that they, like science and art, have never been truly apart. Theatre has been gradually increasing its theoretical articulation over decades, fascinated by the possibility of transforming thought into spectacle. The essays collected in this volume address these issues from wide-ranging perspectives and approaches. They arise from meetings of the Theatre, Performance and Philosophy working group at the 2005 and 2006 conferences of TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association), and from papers presented under the auspices of CTPP (Centre for Theatre, Performance and Philosophy) at Aberystwyth University.

Illustrated Theatre Production Guide


Author: Emeritus Professor of Enjglish John Holloway,John Holloway

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1136082867

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 1106

This invaluable guide takes a step-by-step approach to the most common and popular theatre production practices and covers important issues related to the construction of wooden, fabric, plastic, and metal scenery used on the stage. This new edition of the Illustrated Theatre Production Guide uniquely shows you how to build scenery through detailed lessons and hundreds of drawings. The illustrations make this book like no other and offers solutions to problems that you face, from rigging and knot tying, to drapery folding and the most detailed information on metal framing available. Written for the community theatre worker who has to be a jack of all trades and the student who needs to learn the fundamentals, respected author John Holloway teaches in a way that covers the necessities but doesn't bog you down with heavy language and boring verbosity. New features in this book range from expanded information on metal framing and foam construction to brand new elements such as a chapter on stage management and an extremely helpful Website with videos -- meant to go along with the informative section on projects. These videos take you from the drawings and descriptions in the book to the video instructions that will help you learn visually. A must have for the theatre professional as a guide to refer back to over and over again.

Themes in Drama: Volume 12, Drama and Philosophy


Author: James Redmond

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521383813

Category: Drama

Page: 227

View: 6639

This collection surveys madness in drama. It includes articles on 'The Duchess of Malfi'; virginity and hysteria in 'The Changeling'; the confined spectacle of madness in Beys's 'The Illustrious Madmen'; The male gaze in 'Woyzeck' - representing Marie and madness; and other drama examples.

Theatre, Magic and Philosophy

William Shakespeare, John Dee and the Italian Legacy


Author: Gabriela Dragnea Horvath

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1134767714

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 256

View: 9768

Analyzing Shakespeare's views on theatre and magic and John Dee's concerns with philosophy and magic in the light of the Italian version of philosophia perennis (mainly Marsilio Ficino, Pico della Mirandola and Giordano Bruno), this book offers a new perspective on the Italian-English cultural dialogue at the Renaissance and its contribution to intellectual history. In an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, it investigates the structural commonalities of theatre and magic as contiguous to the foundational concepts of perennial philosophy, and explores the idea that the Italian thinkers informed not only natural philosophy and experimentation in England, but also Shakespeare's theatre. The first full length project to consider Shakespeare and John Dee in juxtaposition, this study brings textual and contextual evidence that Gonzalo, an honest old Counsellor in The Tempest, is a plausible theatrical representation of John Dee. At the same time, it places John Dee in the tradition of the philosophia perennis-accounting for what appears to the modern scholar the conflicting nature of his faith and his scientific mind, his powerful fantasy and his need for order and rigor-and clarifies Edward Kelly's role and creative participation in the scrying sessions, regarding him as co-author of the dramatic episodes reported in Dee's spiritual diaries. Finally, it connects the Enochian/Angelic language to the myth of the Adamic language at the core of Italian philosophy and brings evidence that the Enochian is an artificial language originated by applying creatively the analytical instruments of text hermeneutics used in the Cabala.

The Genius of Shakespeare

Picador Classic


Author: Jonathan Bate

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 0330538349

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 400

View: 6935

With an introduction by Simon Callow Judgements about the quality of works of art begin in opinion. But for the last two hundred years only the wilfully perverse (and Tolstoy) have denied the validity of the opinion that Shakespeare was a genius. Who was Shakespeare? Why has his writing endured? And what makes it so endlessly adaptable to different times and cultures? Exploring Shakespeare's life, including questions of authorship and autobiography, and charting how his legacy has grown over the centuries, this extraordinary book asks how Shakespeare has come to be such a powerful symbol of genius. Written with lively passion and wit, The Genius of Shakespeare is a fascinating biography of the life - and afterlife - of our greatest poet. Jonathan Bate, one of the world's leading Shakespearean scholars, has shown how the legend of Shakespeare's genius was created and sustained, and how the man himself became a truly global phenomenon. 'The best modern book on Shakespeare' Sir Peter Hall

Embodied Aesthetics in Drama Education

Theatre, Literature and Philosophy


Author: Matthew DeCoursey

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1350026735

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 2700

If it is a good thing to use drama for education, there must be something specific about drama that makes it good for the purpose. It has power of some kind: it makes things meaningful that would otherwise be meaningless, or things memorable that would otherwise be forgettable. Or perhaps it enables independent thought in an area that would otherwise become mere rote learning. Many practitioners believe that drama has the power to develop learner autonomy, or even to give learners power over their lives. In the last twenty years, a widespread view has developed that this 'something' that creates the benefit of drama is 'aesthetics'. There are many views of aesthetics, but what unites them is the special significance that art has for our lives. This book is about the relation between aesthetics and education in the use of drama. Within it, philosophy appears as the essential connecting discipline between the practice of arts-based education and our advancing knowledge of the interrelations of cognition, emotion, and embodiment. Matthew DeCoursey argues that the power of dramatic art is to be found in its bodily, emotional nature. Drawing on recent work in the aesthetics of theatre, he shows that much of the power of theatre can be attributed to a specific range of ideas and techniques, notably including double meaning-making, aesthetic focus and dramatic tension. Finally, the author relates different forms of drama education to different educational results, holding that the conventional improvised forms are neither superior nor inferior to scripted theatre, but merely serve different purposes. Among those educational results discussed are the emancipation sought both by Rancière and by many practitioners of applied theatre, but also curricular areas, including language education.

Language Et Ses Contexts


Author: Pierre-Alexis Mével,Helen Tattam

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 9783034301282

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 254

View: 4740

Inspired by a postgraduate French studies conference (University of Nottingham, 10 September 2008), this volume explores linguistic form and content in relation to a variety of contexts, considering language alongside music, images, theatre, human experience of the world, and another language. Each essay asks what it is to understand language in a given context, and how, in spite of divergent expressive possibilities, a linguistic situation interacts with other contexts, renegotiating boundaries and redefining understanding. The book lies at the intersection of linguistics and hermeneutics, seeking to (a) contextualise philosophical and linguistic discussions of communication across a range of media and (b) illustrate their intimate relations, despite differing strategies or emphases. Puisant son inspiration dans un colloque de French studies pour doctorants (Universite de Nottingham, 10 septembre 2008), cet ouvrage etudie forme et contenu linguistiques en relation avec differents contextes, considerant le langage conjointement avec la musique, les images, le theatre, l'experience du monde et un autre langage. Chaque chapitre disseque la comprehension du langage dans un contexte donne, et se demande comment, en depit de possibilites expressives divergentes, une situation linguistique interagit avec d'autres contextes, redessinant leurs frontieres et redefinissant la comprehension. Ce livre, situe a l'intersection entre la linguistique et l'hermeneutique, a pour but de (a) contextualiser les discussions philosophiques et linguistiques sur la communication dans une gamme de medias et (b) demontrer leur relation intime, malgre des strategies ou intentions differentes."

New Theatre Quarterly 48: Volume 12


Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521565004

Category: Drama

Page: 104

View: 6101

New Theatre Quarterly provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet, and where prevailing dramatic assumptions can be subjected to vigorous critical questioning.

Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd

Camus, Beckett, Ionesco, Genet, and Pinter


Author: M. Bennett

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230118828

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 179

View: 3378

Fifty years after the publication of Martin Esslin's The Theatre of the Absurd , which suggests that 'absurd' plays purport the meaninglessness of life, this book uses the works of five major playwrights of the 1950s to provide a timely reassessment of one of the most important theatre 'movements' of the 20th century.

New Theatre Quarterly 72: Volume 18


Author: Clive Barker,Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521524056

Category: Drama

Page: 104

View: 2514

Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet.

Nola Millar

A Theatrical Life


Author: Sarah Gaitanos

Publisher: Victoria University Press

ISBN: 9780864735379

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 408

View: 1209

One of the most important and influential figures in the history of New Zealand theater, Nola Millar was an indefatigable director and teacher and the founder of Toi Whakaari, New Zealand's premier drama school. This biography explores the full story of her career, her important work as reference librarian at the Turnbull library, and the social contexts in which she worked, providing great insight into the history of theatre in New Zealand.