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Theatre: A Very Short Introduction

Marvin Carlson

October 2014

ISBN: 9780199669820

152 pages
Paperback
174x111mm

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Very Short Introductions

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Theatre is one of the longest-standing art forms of modern civilization. Taking a global look at how various forms of theatre - including puppetry, dance, and mime - have been interpreted and enjoyed, this Very Short Introduction explores all aspects of the theatre, including its relationship with religion, literature, and its value worldwide.

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Theatre is one of the longest-standing art forms of modern civilization. Taking a global look at how various forms of theatre - including puppetry, dance, and mime - have been interpreted and enjoyed, this Very Short Introduction explores all aspects of the theatre, including its relationship with religion, literature, and its value worldwide.

  • Looks at theatre in its various forms, from shadow puppetry used by Buddhist monks and missionaries to the development of the Noh theatre in Japan
  • Explores how theatre has helped to shape culture
  • Examines its close relations with religion, from the passion plays to The Book of Mormon
  • Considers the often troubled relationship between literature and the dramatic text
  • Part of the bestselling Very Short Introductions series - over six million copies sold worldwide

About the Author(s)

Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies

Marvin Carlson is the Sidney E. Cohn Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University and served on the faculties of Cornell and Indiana before coming to CUNY. He has received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, the ATHE Career Achievement Award, the ASTR Distinguished Scholarship Award, the George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism, and the Calloway Prize for writing in theatre and drama. He has served as a judge for the Cairo Festival of Experimental Theatre and the Onaissis Playwriting Awards. He is the founding editor of the journal Western European Stages and the author of over two hundred scholarly articles and fourteen books in the areas of theatre history, theatre theory, dramatic literature, and performance studies.

Table of Contents

    1: What is theatre?
    2: Theatre and religion
    3: Theatre and performance
    4: Theatre and drama
    5: The makers of theatre
    Further reading
    Index

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