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The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies

The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies

By Erika Fischer-Lichte

Edited by Minou Arjomand and Ramona Mosse

Is everything theater? Erika Fischer-Lichte's new introductory title explores the central concepts of theater and performance offering a broad guide to the study.


This book is the most lucid and wide-ranging introduction to theater studies I know." - Martin Puchner, Harvard University

From history to methodologies, this textbook is the perfect guide for students studying an introduction to theater or performance. There are case studies and accounts throughout the book, which form the perfect basis for theoretical discussion in theatrical practice and exploration of theater itself as an art form.

The textbook is organized around a three-part structure:

• Part 1 – Central Concepts for Theatre & Performance Research

• Part 2 – Fields, Theories & Methods

• Part 3 – Pushing Boundaries

Want to learn more about this title?
You can read the contents page and other book information on the online product page.

Teaching an introductory theater or performance class next semester? Order your complimentary exam copy of this new title online.

Paperback: 978-0-415-50420-1  ‚óŹ  £19.99


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