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Theatre and Phenomenology

Manual Philosophy

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This core textbook provides a clear and accessible introduction to the key concepts of phenomenology in relation to theatre, showing how they shed light on the works of influential theatre-makers such as Brecht, Artaud, and...

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This core textbook provides a clear and accessible introduction to the key concepts of phenomenology in relation to theatre, showing how they shed light on the works of influential theatre-makers such as Brecht, Artaud, and Stanislavski. By placing these concepts in dialogue with theatre-makers, Johnston is able to demonstrate how philosophical ideas can be put to work in a theatrical context and how we can approach difficult theory from a practical perspective. Each chapter features exercises and topics for discussion to encourage readers to explore the ideas presented in more depth.

This is an excellent resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Theatre, Performance Studies, and Philosophy.

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  • Requires no previous in-depth knowledge of the subject
  • Written in a clear and jargon-free style
  • Introduces the specific philosophical approach of phenomenology and considers some of its major connections with the humanities, social sciences and theatre studies
  • Presents a brief overview of Heidegger's phenomenology, and provides some background to his major work Being in Time
  • Surveys how phenomenology has been used in theatre criticism and analysis
  • Questions the future of phenomenological theatre theory
  • Focuses on critical and analytical thinking as tools for making informed creative choices in artistic practice
  • Includes practical exercises and topics for further discussion at the end of each chapter

Acknowledgements.- PART I.- Introduction: Before the Curtain.- 1. Preparing the Part: Theatre and Philosophy.- 2. Setting the Stage: Phenomenology in Context.- 3. Revealing the Scene: Phenomenology in the Theatre.- PART II.- 4. Stanislavski's Phenomenology of Being-in-the-World: Action and Involvement.- 5. Artaud's Phenomenology of Anxiety: Language and Being-Towards-Death.- 6. Brecht's Phenomenology of Being-with-Others: Authenticity and History.- Conclusions: Lights Up on Manual Philosophy.- Bibliography.- Notes.

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Daniel Johnston is a Principal Lecturer in Performance for Stage & Screen at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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Daniel Johnston is a Principal Lecturer in Performance for Stage & Screen at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.

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