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Bodies (Hardcover) (Kirsten Pullen)
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The body in performance. The performing body. The body of the audience. How do these three, overlapping bodies determine how we understand the theatrical experience? In important ways, theatrical representations of the body and embodied performance allow audiences, performers, and scholars to consider how identity, authenticity, and physical experience intersect with understandings of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Using case studies including Marlon Brando's seminal Method performance in A Streetcar Named Desire, and the Wooster Group's recreation of Hamlet starring Richard Burton, this book explains several different theories of the body and embodiment in theatre practice. The book concludes with a special emphasis on how cognitive theory is influencing theatre praxis and suggests how questions of the body enable a new “cyborg theatre” of the future.
Part of the Theory for Theatre Studies series which introduces core theoretical concepts that underpin the discipline, Bodies provides a balance of essential background information and original thinking, and is grounded in case studies to illuminate and equip readers. Volumes follow a consistent three-part structure: an overview of how the term has been understood within the discipline; current trends illustrated by substantive case studies; and emergent trends and interdisciplinary connections. Volumes are supported by further online resources including illustrative material, questions and exercises.