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Palgrave Macmillan

Theatre and Animals

ISBN 9780230361430
Publication Date September 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan
Series Theatre And

All animals have the ability to make us question the human, and its relationship to the other.

This cutting-edge text addresses the implications of involving animals in performance. It demonstrates ways in which animals transform theatre's capacity to make meaning, and suggests they expose theatre's negotiations with wider ethical, social and economic questions. Ultimately, the book argues that incorporating animals into performance brings about a reassessment of the ways in which theatre is produced and received.

Lourdes Orozco is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the Workshop Theatre, University of Leeds, UK. She co-edited two special issues of Contemporary Theatre Review focussing on Catalan Theatre and Flemish Theatre, and is currently working on an edited collection, Performing Animality: Animals in Performance Practices, with Jennifer Parker-Starbuck.

Series Editors' Preface
Introduction: A Night in the Theatre
1. Theatre and Performance: the 'Odd Fish' within Animal Studies
2. Animals in Art, Spectacle and Text: A Brief History
3. Animals, Philosophy and Ecology
4. Companion Performers and Bio Art: Humans and Animals Share the Stage
5. Towards an Ethics of Animals in Performance
6. Does the Animal Want to be There?: Agency and Responsibility
7. Risks, Accidents and Economics in Animal Performance
8. Animals and their Representations in Performance
Further Reading
Index

Reviews

"Brilliant series...these mini paperbacks each give an insightful, focused overview of a key topic...start collecting now." - Whatsonstage.com
"Palgrave Macmillan's excellent new outward-looking, eclectic Theatre & ... series. These short books, written by leading theatre academics, do much to reintroduce some of the brightest names in theatre academia to the general reader. Plus, the matrix of references to bigger books soon builds quite a comprehensive catch-up reading list for those of us who graduated more than a decade ago and are interested in where contemporary thinking is at..." - Guardian Theatre Blog, September 2009
"A thoughtful and very readable introduction to one of the most important topics of the twenty-first century." - Peta Tait, La Trobe University, Australia
"This book will enhance the field considerably. The author writes in an accessible and lucid way, opening up frames of thinking and feeling from within and without performance." – Alan Read, Kings College London, UK
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