Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
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The Theatrical Spectaculum

An Anthropological Theory

Authors: Gamliel, Tova

  • Offers an anthropological theory of theatre that fuses structuralistic and phenomenological approaches to deal with production and reception, stage and audience
  • Implications for anthropology and ethnography, sociology, philosophy, history, psychology, theology, and literary studies
  • Structured in three “Acts,” this ethnography mimics a theatrical work to illustrate the convergence of theatre and anthropology
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About this book

This book offers a new mythic perspective on the secret of the allure and survival of a current-archaic institution—the Western theatre—in an era of diverse technological media. Central to the theory is the spectaculum—a stage “world” that mirrors a monotheistic cosmic order.

Tova Gamliel here not only alerts the reader to the possibility of the spectaculum’s existence, but also illuminates its various structural dimensions: the cosmological, ritual, and sociological. Its cosmo-logical meaning is a Judeo-Christian monotheistic consciousness of non-randomness, an exemplary order of the world that the senses perceive. The ritual meaning denotes the centrality of the spectaculum, as the theatre repeatedly reenacts the mythical and paradigmatic event of Biblical revelation. Its social meaning concerns any charismatic social theory that is anchored in the epitomic structure of social sovereignty—stage and audience—that the Western theatre advances in an era characterized by hypermedia.

About the authors

Tova Gamliel is Professor of Anthropology at Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Her research is grounded in existential and psychological anthropology. She is the author of Old Age with a Gleam in the Eyes (2000, Hebrew), End of Story: Meaning, Identity, Old Age (2005, Hebrew), Aesthetics of Sorrow: The Wailing Culture of Yemenite Jewish Women (2014), and Zahara's Diaries: A Feminine Invitation to Anthropology (2014, Hebrew).

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Theatrical Spectaculum
Book Subtitle
An Anthropological Theory
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Literary Anthropology
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-28128-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-28128-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-28127-4
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 270
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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