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Performance Interventions

Naming Theatre

Demonstrative Diagnosis in Performance

Authors: Frieze, J.

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Reading a range of work from the US and UK over the last two decades, this is an innovative study of theatre's growing obsession with technologies and effects of naming. How does theatre reflect, and intervene in, naming practices across domains such as philosophy, computing, journalism, anthropology, advertising, military training, and genetics?

About the authors


JAMES FRIEZE is Senior Lecturer in Drama at Liverpool John Moores University, UK. He devises and directs new works for the stage and site-specific adaptations of novels, magazines, and virtual worlds. He has contributed to various journals, and is currently
writing books on Ping Chong, and (with Anita Gonzalez) on diasporic performance in Liverpool and New York.

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'Naming Theatre offers readers a comprehensive understanding of how names populate theatre and how they structure knowledge about a play. This book is an important contribution to the field...[and] prompts theatre scholars to expand the discourse related to their work (something which is frequently ignored) by establishing ways of questioning it.' - Stella Keramida, Platform

''Naming' is James Frieze's key term in a critique of identity and identification, which he sees as both a theme and a technique in contemporary theatre and performance... The book's strength and its substance is the exegesis of text and performance, through an ingenious variety of examples of naming as a process which embeds the subject in language, or alternatives strategies which manipulate naming to satirize or escape from such an inscription. It is the level of detail and the application of a mutating but consistent insight that is impressive here, and the book will be as useful as a collection of performance analyis as for its overall thesis.' - Gareth White, NTQ


Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Introduction: Improper Naming

    Frieze, James

    Pages 1-28

  • Authorship: A Trick of the I

    Frieze, James

    Pages 29-48

  • Assimilation: Sounding Through the Surface

    Frieze, James

    Pages 49-72

  • Demonstration: Illustrative Irony

    Frieze, James

    Pages 73-94

  • Diagnosis: Putting Medical History under the Knife

    Frieze, James

    Pages 95-109

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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Naming Theatre
Book Subtitle
Demonstrative Diagnosis in Performance
Authors
Series Title
Performance Interventions
Copyright
2009
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-24570-9
DOI
10.1057/9780230245709
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-51770-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VII, 215
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