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New Readings in Theatre History

New Readings in Theatre History (Paperback)

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Over the last two hundred years some important ways of understanding theatre history have been undervalued or ignored by scholars. Leading theatre historian Jacky Bratton employs new approaches to examine and challenge this development and to discover how theatre history has been chronicled and how it is interpreted. Using a series of case studies from nineteenth-century British theatre, Bratton examines the difference between the existence of 'the drama' (plays and play literature) and 'the stage' (performance, theatre building, and attendance). By rejecting literary history, Bratton experiments with other ways of analysing the past, and the ways that have actually seemed relevant to the people on stage. This book suggests new histories: of theatrical story-telling, of performing families, and of the disregarded dramatic energy of Victorian entertainment. As a result, we gain a new perspective on theatre history, not only for the Romantic and Victorian periods, but for the discipline overall.

Film, TV & DramaTheatre Publisher: Cambridge University Press Publication Date: 27/11/2003 ISBN-13: 9780521794633  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jacky Bratton is Professor of Theatre and Cultural History at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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