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Theatre, Body and Pleasure

1st Edition

By Simon Shepherd

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208 pages

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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

About the Author

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.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PER011010
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Direction & Production
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism