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Macmillan Higher Education

The Actor in Costume

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Palgrave

Pages: 224
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Hardcover - 9780230216990

15 January 2010

$99.00

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Paperback - 9780230217003

15 January 2010

$39.99

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Ebook - 9781137021618

10 December 2009

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How do audiences look at actors in costume onstage? How does costume shape theatrical identity and form bodies? What do audiences wear to the theatre? This lively and cutting-edge book explores these questions, and engages...

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How do audiences look at actors in costume onstage? How does costume shape theatrical identity and form bodies? What do audiences wear to the theatre? This lively and cutting-edge book explores these questions, and engages with the various theoretical approaches to the study of actors in performance. Aoife Monks focuses in particular on the uncanny ways in which costume and the actor's body are indistinguishable in the audience's experience of a performance.

From the role of costume in Modernist theatre to the actor's position in the fashion system, from nudity to stage ghosts, this wide-ranging exploration of costume, and its histories, argues for the centrality of costume to the spectator's experience at the theatre. Drawing on examples from paintings, photographs, live performances, novels, reviews, blogs and plays, Monks presents a vibrant analysis of the very peculiar work that actors and costumes do on the stage.

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Written in a lively and immediate style which will also appeal to practitioners and theatre-goers

Introduction: The Dress Rehearsal
Dressing-Up: The Actor's Body and Costume
Dressing the Audience: A History of Fashion at the Theatre
Re-dressing the Actor: Modernist Costume
Cross-dressing: Authenticity and Identity
Undressing: The Disappointments of Nudity
Dressing the Immaterial: The Problem of Ghosts
Epilogue
After-Effects: Costume and the Memory of Performance.

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AOIFE MONKS is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She has published on the work of the Wooster Group and Deborah Warner and global performances of Irishness.

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AOIFE MONKS is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. She has published on the work of the Wooster Group and Deborah Warner and global performances of Irishness.

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