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World Theatre

The Basics, 1st Edition

By E. J. Westlake


210 pages

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World Theatre: The Basics presents a well-rounded introduction to non-Western theatre, exploring the history and current practice of theatrical traditions in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Oceania, the Caribbean, and the non-English-speaking cultures of the Americas. Featuring a selection of case studies and examples from each region, it helps the reader to understand the key issues surrounding world theatre scholarship and global, postcolonial, and transnational performance practices.

An essential read for anyone seeking to learn more about world theatre, World Theatre: The Basics provides a clear, accessible roadmap for approaching non-Western theatre.

Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgments

Introduction: what is world theatre?

1 The Middle East

2 South and Southeast Asia

3 East Asia

4 Oceania

5 Sub-Saharan Africa

6 The Caribbean islands

7 The Americas

8 Collaborations

Conclusion: the undiscovered country




About the Author

E. J. Westlake is Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Drama and Associate Professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Michigan. She is a faculty affiliate of the Center for World Performance Studies and is affiliated with the program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and Romance Languages.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism