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Means to people of all ages at all timesABOUT THE SERIES The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area These pocket sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject uickly Our expert authors combine facts analysis perspective new ideas and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readab. This book was good with concise though occasionally redundant information I wanted it to be written on a lower reading level so that it could potentially be used with high school students but it's very dense to be a very short book

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From before history was recorded to the present day theatre has been a major artistic form around the world From puppetry to mimes and street theatre this complex art has utilized all other art forms such as dance literature music painting sculpture and architecture Every aspect of human activity and human culture can be and has been incorporated into the creation of theatreIn this Very Short I. This is one of a series of short books whose subjects range from anything from Prehistory to The Dead Sea Scrolls This book looks at the Theatre and gives a really good introduction to this huge subject It begins with a history of the theatre from Classical Greece and Rome all the way to the present Obviously with such a huge area to cover this is very much an overview but the author does a great job of fitting in a huge amount of information and making it readable if a little dry in styleAs well as the history of the theatre the connection of religion to the theatre is covered plus the difference between drama the written texts and the performance of them theatre The actual performance is also examined; from actors and puppets through designers and directors and even the audience I feel this is a really good general history and examination of the theatre and would be especially useful to students Rated 35

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Ntroduction Marvin Carlson takes us through Ancient Greece and Rome to Medieval Japan and Europe to America and beyond and looks at how the various forms of theatre have been interpreted and enjoyed Exploring the role that theatre artists play from the actor and director to the designer and puppet master as well as the audience this is an engaging exploration of what theatre has meant and still. An up to date exploration of performative theatre studiesThe publisher's blurb above is a little misleading as this is a book about theatre not drama; that is it concentrates on the performative aspects of theatre the things that make it akin to opera mime dance etc not the dramatic literary texts The first couple of chapters explore the global history of theatre and its intimate relationship to religion and ritual; the next couple focus on the emergence of theatre and performance studies as academic disciplines in their own right related to but separate from the literary study of dramatic texts These are especially lucid on how the general cultural interest in performance and the 'linguistic turn' in theory have fed into what current theatre studies are about The final chapter feels slightly out in the cold as it looks at who 'makes' theatre actor director audienceThis is excellent for students either those about to embark on Theatre or Performance Studies degrees or those studying English or other literatures who may be introduced to performative aspects of theatre alongside the traditional close reading textual approach when working with dramatic texts It's also a handy primer for academics in associated fields which might intersect with theatre studies English Literature ClassicsGeneral interested readers who would like to get a glimpse into the academic field of theatre will also find this accessible I think but may find the centre chapters on the factors which have shaped the emergence and research agenda of the field a little scholarlyAn excellent primer which packs in a lot of information in a concise and lucid manner


7 thoughts on “Theatre by Marvin A. Carlson

  1. says:

    This is one of a series of short books whose subjects range from anything from Prehistory to The Dead Sea Scrolls This book looks at the Theatre and gives a really good introduction to this huge subject It begins with a history of the theatre from Classical Greece and Rome all the way to the present Obviously with such a huge area to cover this is very much an overview but the author does a great job of fitting in a huge amount of information and making it readable if a little dry in styleAs well as the history of the theatre the connection of religion to the theatre is covered plus the difference between drama the written texts and the performance of them theatre The actual performance is also examined; from actors and puppets through designers and directors and even the audience I feel this is a really good general history and examination of the theatre and would be especially useful to students Rated 35


  2. says:

    This is yet another excellent volume in the Very Short Introduction series I'm beginning to sound like a broken record in praising the Oxford University Press' collection but for awhile I thought I was going to have to rate this book only three stars instead of four This was when I read the extensive discussion of the evolution and importance of performance theory I thought the author had jumped the rails and was focusing on something outside the scope of the book But it turns out that an understanding of performance theory where it came from what it means is necessary to understand current thinking about what theatre and drama really are The book's scope is wider than the classical conservative Eurocentric definition of theatre and I appreciate the wide angle


  3. says:

    An up to date exploration of performative theatre studiesThe publisher's blurb above is a little misleading as this is a book about theatre not drama; that is it concentrates on the performative aspects of theatre the things that make it akin to opera mime dance etc not the dramatic literary texts The first couple of chapters explore the global history of theatre and its intimate relationship to religion and ritual; the next couple focus on the emergence of theatre and performance studies as academic disciplines in their own right related to but separate from the literary study of dramatic texts These are especially lucid on how the general cultural interest in performance and the 'linguistic turn' in theory have fed into what current theatre studies are about The final chapter feels slightly out in the cold as it looks at who 'makes' theatre actor director audienceThis is excellent for students either those about to embark on Theatre or Performance Studies degrees or those studying English or other literatures who may be introduced to performative aspects of theatre alongside the traditional close reading textual approach when working with dramatic texts It's also a handy primer for academics in associated fields which might intersect with theatre studies English Literature ClassicsGeneral interested readers who would like to get a glimpse into the academic field of theatre will also find this accessible I think but may find the centre chapters on the factors which have shaped the emergence and research agenda of the field a little scholarlyAn excellent primer which packs in a lot of information in a concise and lucid manner


  4. says:

    This was as said in the title a very short intro to Theatre It was repetitive at times The author definitely followed Theatre study and favored the performance over the written text Though the author tried to cover both I wish the he was followed Reading Drama instead That would have made the intro a little well rounded


  5. says:

    This book was good with concise though occasionally redundant information I wanted it to be written on a lower reading level so that it could potentially be used with high school students but it's very dense to be a very short book


  6. says:

    Good introduction but sadly many references to works in other languages were full of spelling mistakes


  7. says:

    Brief succinct and very informational


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