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Theatre and Citizenship: The History of a Practice

Wiles, David

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ISBN 10: 1107428068 / ISBN 13: 9781107428065
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Shaped by political concerns of today, this is an informed but provocative take on theatre history and theatre's social function. Num Pages: 268 pages, 8 b/w illus. BIC Classification: AN. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational; (U) Tertiary Education (US: College). Dimension: 229 x 152 x 14. Weight in Grams: 390. . 2014. Paperback. . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9781107428065

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Title: Theatre and Citizenship: The History of a ...

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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Citizenship is a contested term which today inspires both policy-makers and radical activists. David Wiles traces this ideal to its classical roots, examining both theatre and citizenship as performative practices. Wiles examines how people function collectively rather than as individuals, for example through choruses or crowd behaviour in the auditorium. He explores historic tensions between the passivity of the spectator and the active engagement of a citizen, paying special attention to dramatists like Aristophanes, Machiavelli and Rousseau who have translated political theory into a theatre of, and for, active citizens. The book is a fresh investigation of familiar and less familiar landmarks of theatre history, revealing how plays function as social and political events. In this original approach to theatre history, Wiles argues that theatre is a powerful medium to build communities, and that attempts to use it as a vehicle for education are very often misplaced.

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Wiles presents a re-reading of theatre history from the perspective of 'citizenship'. Using detailed international case studies, the book looks at drama from antiquity onwards, relating political and cultural theory to the historical analysis of performance, and representing an original and cross-disciplinary approach centred on the play in performance.

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