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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theatre and Violence

ISBN 9781137302274
Publication Date July 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre And

If violence is a terrible thing, why do we watch it? Nevitt explores the use of violence in theatre and its effect on spectators. Critically engaging with examples of stage combat, rape, terrorism, wrestling and historical re-enactments, she argues that studying violence through theatre can be part of a desire to create a more peaceful world.

Lucy Nevitt was formerly Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of the West of England. She trained as an actor combatant with BASSC and has published research in staged combat, sport and spectacle. She is currently working on a project investigating the connections between theatre and science.

Series Editors' Preface
Foreword by Catherine Cusack
Introduction: Two Examples of Spectating Violence
1. Thinking about Theatre and Violence
2. Spectatorship
3. Cause and Effect
4. The Act of Showing: Performativity and Ideology
5. History and Canonical Violence
6. Actuality and Simulation
7. Beyond Performance
Further Reading


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