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  • Melodramatic Formationsby Bruce A. Mcconachie

    University of Iowa Press 1992; US$ 42.95

    The middle years of the nineteenth century were a time of dynamic artistic and social changes in America. Now, Melodramatic Formations is the first study to trace these changes in popular stage melodrama's production, dramatic form, and audience reception. Bruce McConachie shows how the theatrical mutability that characterized the years 1820 to... more...

  • The Recurrence of Fateby Spencer Jay Golub

    University of Iowa Press 1994; US$ 29.95

    How, why, and according to whose definitions and requirements does a culture self-consciously create memory and project its fate? In this remarkable book?the first in English to treat Russian history as theatre and cultural performance?Spencer Golub reveals the performative nature of Russian history in the twentieth century and the romantic imprisonment/self-imprisonment... more...

  • 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...

  • The Theatrical Eventby Willmar Sauter

    University of Iowa Press 1753; US$ 29.95

    The Theatrical Event  discusses the objectives of theatre studies by focusing on the communicative encounter between performer and spectator?the theatrical event. A theatrical event includes the presentation of a performance and the attention of an audience; in this sense, every performance?on stage or in the street, historical or contemporary?that... 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...