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Carnival Texts

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ISBN: 9781841504162 9781841505008 Year: Language: English
Publisher: Intellect Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102752
Subject: Performing Arts
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Carnival Texts comprises three related dramatic works, all of which have as their point of departure Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of carnival, a literary style designed to subvert dominant assumptions through chaos and humour. Making creative use of post-Brechtian performance theory, these texts blur the distinction between spectator and performer in a fascinating exploration of physical, moral, and cultural upheaval in a postmodern age. Performance theory is crucial to understanding how performance affects collective understanding, and this book will be of interest to a broad range of students of drama and theatre.

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Freaks of History

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ISBN: 9781783207350 9781783207374 9781783207367 Year: DOI: 10.1386/9781783207350 Language: English
Publisher: Intellect Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 102751
Subject: Performing Arts
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Disability studies have long been the domain of medical and pedagogical academics. However, in recent years, the subject has outgrown its clinical origins. In Freaks of History, James MacDonald presents two dramatic explorations of disability within the wider themes of sexuality, gender, foreignness, and the Other. Originally directed by Martin Harvey and performed by undergraduate students at the University of Exeter, Wellclose Square and Unsex Me Here analyze cultural marginalization against the backdrop of infamous historical events.

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