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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

How Theatre Means

ISBN 9780230232358
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Hardcover Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

In this wide-ranging study, Ric Knowles demonstrates how the examination and practice of theatre is enhanced by an expanded semiotic approach. Moving from the history and theory of performance analysis to its practical application and paying particular attention to cross-cultural applications, he examines not what a particular piece of theatre means, but how meaning is produced in the process of creating, viewing and analysing theatre.

How Theatre Means presents contemporary case studies and explores intersections between a wide range of theories and methods. Clear and accessible, this book brings a key analytical methodology to life for students, practitioners and scholars.

Ric Knowles is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Canada, and Editor of Theatre Journal. He is the award-winning author and editor of numerous books, including Theatre & Interculturalism and Reading the Material Theatre.

Introduction: How Theatre Means
PART I: THEORY From Practice to Theory
1. Meaning
2. Theatre
3. Disseminations
PART II: PRACTICE From Theory to Practice
4. Script Analysis and Devising
5. Performance Analysis
Works Cited


An excellent volume. Lucid, clear and accessible, it makes semiotic theory relevant to a new audience.' – Patricia Ybarra, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University, USA
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