A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age

A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age

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To call something modern is to assert something fundamental about the social, cultural, economic and technical sophistication of that thing, over and against what has come before. A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age provides an interdisciplinary overview of theatre and performance in their social and material contexts from the late 19th century through the early 2000s, emphasizing key developments and trends that both exemplify and trouble the various meanings of the term `modern', and the identity of modernist theatre and performance.

Highly illustrated with 40 images, the ten chapters each take a different theme as their focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 296 pages
  • 169 x 244 x 20.32mm | 738g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 40 bw illus
  • 1472585836
  • 9781472585837
  • 754,070

Table of contents

List of Illustrations

Notes on Contributors

Series Preface

Editor's Acknowledgements

Introduction: The Impossible Modern Age
Kim Solga, Western University, Canada

1 Institutional Frameworks: Theatre, State, and Market in Modern Urban Performance
Michael McKinnie, Queen Mary University of London, UK

2 Social Functions: Consumers and Producers
Nicholas Ridout, Queen Mary University of London, UK

3 Sexuality and Gender: New Stories and New Spaces on the Modern Stage
Kirsten Pullen, Texas A&M University, USA

4 The Environment of Theatre: `Home' in the Modern Age
Kim Solga, Western University, Canada and Joanne Tompkins, The University of Queensland, Australia

5 Circulations: Visual Sovereignty, Transmotion, and Tribalography
Jill Carter, University of Tornoto, Canada, Heather Davis-Fisch,University of the Fraser Valley, USA and Ric Knowles, University of Guelph, Canada

6 Interpretations: The Stakes of Audience Interpretation in Twentieth-Century Political Theatre
Dassia N. Posner, Northwestern University, USA

7 Communities of Production: A Materialist Reading with an Offstage View
Christin Essin,Vanderbilt University, USA and Marlis Schweitzer, York University, Canada

8 Genres and Repertoires: Redressing the Nation in Ireland and Japan
Michelle Liu Carriger,University of California, Los Angeles , USA and Aoife Monks, Queen Mary University of London, UK

9 Technologies of Performance: Machinic Staging and Corporeal Choreographies
Ashley Ferro-Murray, University of California, Berkeley, USA and Timothy Murray, Cornell University, USA

10 Knowledge Transmission: Media and Memory
Sarah Bay-Cheng, Bowdoin College, USA



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About Kim Solga

Kim Solga is is Associate Professor of Theatre Studies at Western University, Canada. Her books include Performance and the City (2009), Performance and the Global City (2013), Violence Against Women in Early Modern Performance (2009), and A Cultural History of Theatre: The Modern Age (Methuen Drama, 2017).
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