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A Cultural History of Theatre

6 Volumes

      A Cultural History of Theatre in Antiquity provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre in Graeco-Roman antiquity. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars, this volume examines the Greek and Roman cultural spheres in conjunction. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus, including institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance, and knowledge transmission.

      A Cultural History of Theatre in the Middle Ages provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre between 500 and 1500. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars, this volume imaginatively pieces together the puzzle of medieval theatre. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus, including institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance, and knowledge transmission.

      A Cultural History of Theatre in the Early Modern Age provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre from 1400 and 1650. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars, the volume examines socio-economically heterodox nature of theatre and performance during this period. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus, including institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance, and knowledge transmission.

      A Cultural History of Theatre in Age of Enlightenment provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre in the eighteenth century. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars, this volume examines the intersection of theatre and revolution during this period. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus, including institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance, and knowledge transmission.

      A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre from 1800–1920. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars, this volume examines the development of both empire and nation in relation to the world of theatre. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus, including institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.

      A Cultural History of Theatre in the Modern Age provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre from 1920 to 2000. Drawing together contributions from leading scholars, this volume examines the various possibilities of meaning of the term ‘modern’ and the identity of modernist theatre. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus, including institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance, and knowledge transmission.