Presence in play : a critique of theories of presence in the theatre /

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Author / Creator:Power, Cormac.
Imprint:Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008.
Description:1 online resource (viii, 228 pages).
Series:Consciousness, literature & the arts, 1573-2193 ; 12
Consciousness, literature & the arts ; 12.
Subject:Theater -- Philosophy.
Theater and society.
PERFORMING ARTS -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
Theater and society.
Theater -- Philosophy.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-221) and index.
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Summary:"Presence in Play: A Critique of Theories of Presence in the Theatre is the first comprehensive survey and analysis of theatrical presence to be published. Theatre as an art form has often been associated with notions of presence. The 'live' immediacy of the actor, the unmediated unfolding of dramatic action and the 'energy' generated through an actor-audience relationship are among the ideas frequently used to explain theatrical experience - and all are underpinned by some understanding of 'presence.' Precisely what is meant by presence in the theatre is part of what Presence in Play sets out to explain. While this work is rooted in twentieth century theatre and performance since modernism, the author draws on a range of historical and theoretical material. Encompassing ideas from semiotics and phenomenology, Presence in Play puts forward a framework for thinking about presence in theatre, enriched by poststructuralist theory, forcefully arguing in favour of 'presence' as a key concept for theatre studies today."--Jacket.
Other form:Print version: Power, Cormac. Presence in play. Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008 9042023813 9789042023819
Standard no.:9789042023819
Table of Contents:
  • Ch. 1. Making-present: the fictional mode of presence
  • ch. 2. Having presence: the auratic mode of presence
  • ch. 3. Being present: the literal mode of presence
  • ch. 4. Deconstructing presence
  • ch. 5. The presence of liveness
  • ch. 6. Signifying presence
  • Conclusion: the magic of theatre.