Acts and apparitions

Discourses on the real in performance practice and theory, 1990–2010

Liz Tomlin


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Hardback
ISBN: 978-0-7190-8372-3
Subject Area: Theatre Studies
BIC Category: Theatre studies
Published: April 2013
216 x 138 mm
240 pages
Publisher: Manchester University Press
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  • Acts and apparitions examines how new performance practices from the 1990s to the present day have been driven by questions of the real and the ensuing political implications of the concept's rapidly disintegrating authority.

    This book departs significantly from existing scholarship on contemporary performance in its rejection of the dramatic/postdramatic binary and its interrogation of previous applications of Derridean poststructuralism to theatrical representation and notions of the real.

    It offers new perspectives on the political analysis of contemporary theatre and performance across a wide range of models from Forced Entertainment and the Wooster Group, to Roland Schimmelpfennig and Howard Barker; from verbatim theatre to audio tours and the interactive performances of Ontroerend Goed.

    Introduction
    Part I: The Discursive Act
    1 Discourses of resistance: representation and the real in the twentieth century avant-gardes
    2 Deconstructing the postdramatic: questions of mimesis, authorship, and representation
    Part II: Apparitions of the Real
    3 Quoting quotations: citational theory and contemporary characterisation
    4 Representing the real: verbatim practice in a sceptical age
    5 Re-membering the real: experiential challenges to the medium of theatrical representation
    6 From spect-actor to corporate player: re-configurations of twenty first century audiences

    Afterword
    Liz Tomlin is a Lecturer in the department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham
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