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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

The Drama, Theatre and Performance Companion

ISBN 9780230551657
Publication Date June 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Palgrave Student Companions Series

Offering essential guidance to students throughout their undergraduate studies, this companion explores the development of a discipline that is still in flux, offers practical advice about how to study it and where this study might lead, and provides a useful reference resource on key practitioners, debates, performances and terms.

Michael Mangan is Professor and Chair of Drama at Loughborough University, UK. He has taught English and Drama in Universities in the UK and the US, and has held chairs at the University of Wales Aberystwyth and De Montfort University. He is also a playwright and director, and has worked as a literary manager, a dramaturg and an actor. His books include Christopher Marlowe's Doctor Faustus: A Critical Study, A Preface to Shakespeare's Tragedies and Staging Masculinities: Gender, History, Performance.

Introduction: This book and how to use it
PART I: DRAMA, THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE: THE SUBJECT AND ITS STUDY
1. The Context of the Subject
2. Your Course and what to Expect from it
3. Study Skills for Drama, Theatre and Performance Students
PART II: CORE TOPICS IN DRAMA, THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
4. Developments and Directions
5. Working Practically 1: Acting
6. Working Practically 2: Devising
7. Working Practically 3: Directing
8. Theatre Histories
9. Analysing Texts
10. Questions of Theory
11. Theatre and Gender
12. Theatre and the World: Globalization, Interculturalism and Postcolonialism
13. The Uses of Drama: Applying Performance
14. Mediating Performance: From the Machine Age to the Digital Age
PART III: KEY CONCEPTS
PART IV: LANDMARKS: KEY PRACTITIONERS, THEORISTS AND PERFORMANCES
PART V: FRAMEWORKS FOR RESEARCH: KEY WRITINGS ON DRAMA, THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
PART VI: WHAT NEXT?
PART VII: RESOURCES FOR STUDYING DRAMA, THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE
Bibliography
Index

Reviews

"This well-conceived book would be a very useful resource for any Drama student. It is broad in scope and rigorous in detail. The author has a particular skill in drawing out key points from complex texts and presenting them in lucid, accessible and engaging ways." - Jackie Smart, Kingston University, UK
"[T]he topics that are covered are well-researched and accessible. I would highly recommend this Companion to reference collections in undergraduate academic libraries that have departments in drama, theatre and performance." - Robin Wolven, USA, in Reference Reviews
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