Journals Higher Education



Published: 30 April 2013

240 Pages | 16 Illustrations, black & white

8.5 X 5.4 inches

ISBN: 9780719083723

Bookseller Code (06)


Acts and apparitions

Discourses on the real in performance practice and theory, 1990-2010

Liz Tomlin

Published by Manchester University Press

  • Most importantly, Acts and apparitions offers a counter-analysis to the orthodox readings of postdramatic/postmodern/poststructuralist performance
  • This book will fill the gap in the market, providing a long-needed alternative ideological analysis of contemporary practice
  • The book also offers in-depth analysis - not just of the philosophical theories of Derrida, Baudrillard and others, but also an analysis of how these philosophers have been applied within the field of performance theory, and highlights where vital misapplications of theory have taken place
  • It deconstructs the binary of the dramatic/postdramatic
  • The book examines how theory 'acts' upon performance, and readings of performance, and how trends in academic analysis have a very real impact on the work which is made and promoted in the theatre industry
  • It is written from the dual-perspective of a theatre-maker/scholar and examines how the two cannot be considered independently of each other in the field of contemporary practice
  • It is currently the only monograph to theorise across new performance practices in the first decade of the twenty-first century, and offer a political, philosophical and cultural contextualisation of work from across the UK, Northern Europe, US and Australia

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Arts & Humanities > Performing Arts > Theater