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  • Stages of Lifeby Kathryn Hansen

    Anthem Press 2013; US$ 40.00

    Four autobiographies of early twentieth-century actors and playwrights are presented in English translation, with substantive chapters on the Parsi theatre and strategies for reading autobiography in the Indian context. more...

  • Czech Theatre Design in the Twentieth Centuryby Joe Brandesky

    University of Iowa Press 2007; US$ 16.95

    This compilation of essays and images reveals an essential and valuable component of Czech contributions to the world of modern theatre heretofore largely unseen outside the country itself. Featuring the craft of twenty-seven of the best stage and costume designers of the twentieth century,Brandesky supplies ample evidence of their consistently high... more...

  • The Victorian Marionette Theatreby John Mccormick; Clodagh McCormick; John Phillips

    University of Iowa Press 2004; US$ 29.00

    In this fascinating and colorful book, researcher and performer John McCormick focuses on the marionette world of Victorian Britain between its heyday after 1860 and its waning years from 1895 to 1914. Situating the rich and diverse puppet theatre in the context of entertainment culture, he explores both the aesthetics of these dancing dolls and their... more...

  • Writing and Rewriting National Theatre Historiesby S.E. Wilmer

    University of Iowa Press 2009; US$ 29.95

    Historians of theatre face the same temptations and challenges as other historians: they negotiate assumptions (their own and those of others) about national identity and national character; they decide what events and actors to highlight--or omit--and what framework and perspective to use for telling the story. Personal biases, trends in scholarship,... more...

  • Jews and the Making of Modern German Theatreby Jeanette R. Malkin; Freddie Rokem

    University of Iowa Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    While it is common knowledge that Jews were prominent in literature, music, cinema, and science in pre-1933 Germany, the fascinating story of Jewish co-creation of modern German theatre is less often discussed. Yet for a brief time, during the Second Reich and the Weimar Republic, Jewish artists and intellectuals moved away from a segregated Jewish... more...

  • Representing the Pastby Charlotte M. Canning; Thomas Postlewait

    University of Iowa Press 2010; US$ 29.95

    How do historians represent the past? How do theatre historians represent performance events? The fifteen challenging essays in Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography focus on the fundamental epistemological conditions and procedures that serve as the foundational ideas that guide all historians in their endeavors. Unified by their... more...

  • The Making of Theatrical Reputationsby Yael Zarhy-Levo

    University of Iowa Press 2008; US$ 29.95

    Today?s successful plays and playwrights achieve their prominence not simply because of their intrinsic merit but because of the work of mediators, who influence the whole trajectory of a playwright?s or a theatre company?s career. Critics and academic writers are primarily considered the makers of reputations, but funding organizations and various... more...

  • French Theatre Todayby Edward Baron Turk

    University of Iowa Press 2011; US$ 34.95

     In 2005 literary and film critic Edward Turk immersed himself in New York City?s ACT FRENCH festival, a bold effort to enhance American contact with the contemporary French stage. This dizzying crash course on numerous aspects of current French theatre paved the way for six months of theatregoing in Paris and a month?s sojourn at the 2006 Avignon... more...

  • Theatre, Community, and Civic Engagement in Jacobean Londonby Mark Bayer

    University of Iowa Press 2011; US$ 59.95

     Taking to heart Thomas Heywood?s claim that plays ?persuade men to humanity and good life, instruct them in civility and good manners, showing them the fruits of honesty, and the end of villainy,? Mark Bayer?s captivating new study argues that the early modern London theatre was an important community institution whose influence extended far... more...

  • Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screenby Annette Lust

    Scarecrow Press 2011; US$ 52.99

    As stage and screen artists explore new means to enhance their craft, a new wave of interest in expressive movement and physical improvisation has developed. In Bringing the Body to the Stage and Screen , Annette Lust provides these artists with a program of physical and related expressive exercises that can empower their art with more creativity.... more...