Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology

Theatre, Performance and Analogue Technology

Historical Interfaces and Intermedialities

Editors: Reilly, K. (Ed.)

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This trans-historical collection explores analogue performance technologies from Ancient Greece to pre-Second World War. From ancient mechanical elephants to early modern automata, Enlightenment electrical experiments to Victorian spectral illusions, this volume offers an original examination of the precursors of contemporary digital performance.

About the authors

Odai Johnson, University of Washington, USA Richard Beacham, King's College, UK Victor Holtcamp, Tulane University, USA Brandin Barón-Nusbaum, University of California, USA Katherine Newey, University of Exeter, UK Kara Reilly, University of Exeter, UK Johannes Birringer, Brunel University, UK Ciara Murphy, University of Pennsylvania, USA Beth A. Kattelman, Ohio State University, USA Naomi J. Stubbs, LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, USA Adrian Curtin, University of Exeter, UK Michael M. Chemers, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

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“Kara Reilly’s edited collection on theatre and analogue technology is timely. … Reilly’s collection claims to be, and is, the first study that historicizes ‘discourses of digital performance’. … This book will be of interest to all theatre and performance students and scholars, as well as science and cultural historians and all those interested in examining how theatre, performance, and technology have come together not only in current practice but also in a diverse range of historical contexts.” (Maria Chatzichristodoulou, New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 31 (3), August, 2015)

'These explorations of intriguing oddities of performance history, interspersed by 46 illustrations, covers projects ranging from Richard Beacham's minutely re-created Roman-era toy theatre with mechanized movable parts to Michael Chemers's ongoing work with robots whose artificial intelligences lack (to date) what is understood as empathy Recommended [for] graduate students, researchers, faculty, technical students, professionals, general readers.' CHOICE


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Reilly, Kara

    Pages 1-12

  • Heron of Alexandria’s ‘Toy Theatre’ Automaton: Reality, Allusion and Illusion

    Beacham, Richard

    Pages 15-39

  • Manufacturing Elephants: Technologies of Knowledge in Theatre History

    Johnson, Odai

    Pages 40-53

  • Performing Technology, Performing Reality: Buffalo Bill and Steele MacKaye’s

    Holtcamp, Victor

    Pages 54-72

  • Forgotten Wizard: The Scenographic Innovations of Mariano Fortuny

    Barón-Nusbaum, Brandin

    Pages 73-93

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Softcover $95.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatre, Performance and Analogue Technology
Book Subtitle
Historical Interfaces and Intermedialities
Editors
  • K. Reilly
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-31967-8
DOI
10.1057/9781137319678
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-31966-1
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-45742-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 269
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