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1st Edition

Theatre, Body and Pleasure

ISBN 9780415253758
Published October 2, 2004 by Routledge
208 Pages

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Book Description

Breaking new ground in the study of performance theory, this maverick and powerful project from renowned Renaissance scholar and queer theorist Simon Shepherd presents a unique take on theory and the physical reality of theatre.

Examining a range of material, Theatre, Body, Pleasure addresses a significant gap in the literary and drama studies arenas and explores the interplay of bodily value, the art of bodies and the physical responses to that art. It explains first how the body makes meaning and carries value. Then it describes the relationships between time and space and body.

The book’s features include:

* large historical range, from medieval to postmodern
* case studies offering close readings of written texts
* examples of how to ‘read for the body’, exploring written text as a ‘discipline’ of the body
* breadth of cultural reference, from stage plays through to dance culture
* a range of theoretical approaches, including dance analysis and phenomenology

 Writing in accessible prose, Shepherd introduces new ways of analyzing dramatic text and has produced a book which is part theatre history, part dramatic criticism and part theatrical tour de force. Students of drama, theatre and performance studies and cultural studies will find this an absolute must read.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theatrically imagined bodies  Part 1: Body and Script  1. Script as a Discipline of the Body  2. Theatre and Bodily Value  3. The Wrong Dog: An account of significant inaction  Part 2: In Time and Space  4. Just at That Very Moment  5. Look Out Behind You  Part 3: Beyond Integrity  6. Strutting, Bellowing, Muscles and Noise  7. Lolo's Breasts and a Wooden Christ  8. Dissipation  Bibliography

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Simon Shepherd is Director of Programmes at Central School of Speech and Drama, London. His research explores the relationships between cultural and performance theory and theatre history. Recent publications include essays on Joe Orton and modern British drama and politics, and, with Mick Wallis, Drama/Theatre/Performance.