What is Theatre?

Readings in Performance and Ecology

Authors: Arons, Wendy, May, Theresa J.

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This ground-breaking collection focuses on how theatre, dance, and other forms of performance are helping to transform our ecological values. Top scholars explore how familiar and new works of performance can help us recognize our reciprocal relationship with the natural world and how it helps us understand the way we are connected to the land. 

About the authors

Robert Baker-White, Williams College, USA Derek Lee Barton, independent scholar Una Chaudhuri, New York University, USA Downing Cless, Tufts University, USA Anne Justine D'Zmura, California State University, Long Beach, USA Sara Freeman, University of Puget Sound, USA Ian Garrett, York University, Canada Kathleen M. Gough, University of Glasgow, UK Nelson Gray, University of Victoria, Canada Wallace Heim, independent scholar Cornelia Hoogland, University of Western Ontario, Canada Baz Kershaw, Warwick University, UK Bruce McConachie, University of Pittsburgh, USA Justin A. Miller, Texas A and M University, USA Meg O'Shea, independent scholar Sarah Ann Standing, New York City College of Technology, CUNY, USA Arden Thomas, California Institute of Technology, USA Barry Witham, University of Washington, USA

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"Readings in Performance and Ecology assembles a broad range of essays that take as their respective foci ecological debates, animals in performance, ecoactivism, landscapes and bodies, ecocriticism in dramatic literature, and the practicalities of theatremaking . . . Whereas ecocriticism has emerged from the discipline of literary criticism as a rich subfield, terms such as 'ecodramaturgy' and 'ecodirecting' have not yet carved out a place in the vernacular of theatre and performance studies. This anthology seeks to do this." - The Drama Review

"The book features a very strong collection of essays, which reshape theatre in a field of diverse practices . . . Although theatre is conventionally assumed to be human-centred, the book has perfectly represented the power of the 'other-than-human' world and the outer landscape in the history of drama . . . fascinating and thought-provoking." - Green Letters: Studies in Ecocriticism

"The real strength of this edited collection is Arons and May's guiding vision of 'the fierce, inexorable interconnectivity between nature and human culture' . . . these essays successfully interweave performance and story to show us why and how our telling matters." - ISLE


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Arons, Wendy (et al.)

    Pages 1-10

  • Theater, Environment, and the Thirties

    Witham, Barry

    Pages 13-22

  • Bringing Blood to Ghosts: English Canadian Drama and the Ecopolitics of Place

    Gray, Nelson

    Pages 23-32

  • Other Others: Dramatis Animalia in Some Alternative American Drama

    Baker-White, Robert

    Pages 33-41

  • The Silence of the Polar Bears: Performing (Climate) Change in the Theater of Species

    Chaudhuri, Una

    Pages 45-57

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Readings in Performance and Ecology
Authors
Series Title
What is Theatre?
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc.
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-01169-5
DOI
10.1057/9781137011695
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-33728-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-34077-4
Softcover ISBN
978-1-137-46700-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 243
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