Text & Presentation, 2006

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About the Book

Text & Presentation is an annual publication devoted to all aspects of theatre scholarship. It represents a selection of the best research presented at the international, interdisciplinary Comparative Drama Conference.
This anthology includes papers from the 30th annual conference held in Los Angeles, California. Topics covered include Beckett, Brecht, Goethe, Tom Stoppard, dance performance, staged violence, the Comédìe Française, and Greek and Japanese drama. Reviews of selected books are also included.

About the Author(s)

Stratos E. Constantinidis, former director of the Comparative Drama Conference and former editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies, teaches in the Department of Theatre at Ohio State University and lives in Columbus.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Stratos E. Constantinidis
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 260
Bibliographic Info: 14 photos, notes, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2007
pISBN: 978-0-7864-3077-2
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5541-6
Imprint: McFarland
Series: The Comparative Drama Conference Series

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments       v

Preface      1

1. Post-Beckett Theatre      5

2. Saving Your Breath—And Beckett’s Too      16

3. New Plots and Playful Schemes: Shukô in Raguko, Japanese Comic Storytelling      23

4. Iphigenie’s Power in Goethe’s Iphigenie auf Tauris      35

5. Mabou Mines Stage Beckett, 1965–1975: The Discipline of Word and Body      43

6. Stoppard vs. Brecht: Competing Visions of Galileo      58

7. New Stage Directions in Waiting for Godot      70

8. Tom Stoppard’s Night and Day, and the “Theatre in Crisis” Playwrights: Publicly Funded Arts and Freedom of Expression      81

9. Metaphor and Semiotics in Text and Movement Dance Performance      95

10. Theatre Hoplology: Simulations and Representations of Violence on the Stage      112

11. Acting Lessons at the Comédie Française: Nivelle de la Chaussée and the Theatricalization of Bourgeois Morality      122

12. Excavating Muliple “Troys”: An Embodied Deconstruction of the Scenario of Conquest through “Teatro de Vivência”      142

13. Philosophical Investigations: Will Eno’s Thom Pain and the      158

14. Foreign or Domestic Drama? Osanai Kaoru and Modern Wittgenstein Effect Japanese Theatre      167

15. Dressing-up Dramaturgy in Charles L. Mee’s Bacchae 2.1      182

16. Ch¨shingura and Beyond: A Study of Japanese Ideal of Loyalty      194

17. On Not Knowing Greek Drama: A Review Essay      208

Review of Literature: Selected Books

Philip C. Kolin, Understanding Adrienne Kennedy      215

Badia Sahar Ahad

John J. White, Bertolt Brecht’s Dramatic Theory      217

Neil Blackadder

Mary F. Brewer, Staging Whiteness      219

Miriam M. Chirico

James Fisher, ed., Tony Kushner: New Essays on the Art and Politics of the Plays      223

John M. Clum

Shannon Jackson, Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity      225

Penny Farfan

Sonia Massai, ed., World-Wide Shakespeares: Local Appropriations in Film and Performance      228

Robert Ormsby

Carol Fisher Sorgenfrei, Unspeakable Acts: The Avant-garde Theatre of Terayama Shûji and Postwar Japan      230

Thomas Rimer

Loren Kruger, Post-Imperial Brecht      232

Carl Weber

Index      241

Book Reviews & Awards

“edited with care…preserves the conference experience by extending its scholarly dialogue to the wider reading community…many fine essays”—New England Theatre Journal.