Leeds University Library

ENGL2050
Module Reading List

Theatre, Society and Self, 2017/18, Semester 2
Dr Helen Iball
h.iball@leeds.ac.uk
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

ENGL2050 Theatre, Society and Self 2016-17 Reading List

Set Texts for Purchase

Tim Crouch, The author (Oberon Modern Plays, 2009)

Helen Freshwater, Theatre & audience (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

 

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Set Chapters and Articles for Seminar Discussion

Please see module schedule for allocation of items to taught sessions.
Unless otherwise stated, electronic copies of these items are available through the library catalogue.

Frances Babbage, Ch. 1 ‘Biography and Context’, in Augusto Boal (Routledge, 2004), pp.1-33.

Augusto Boal, Ch. 4 ‘Poetics of the Oppressed’, in Theatre of the Oppressed (Pluto Press, 2008 [1974]), pp. 95-135.

Stephen Bottoms (ed.), Contemporary theatre review. Special Issue: Forum: ‘Tim Crouch, The Author and the Audience’ 21.4 (2011)

Patrick Duggan and Victor Ukaegbu (eds.), Ch. 9 ‘Political Theatre “without Finger-Wagging”: On the Paper Birds and Integrative Aesthetics’, in Reverberations across small-scale British theatre : politics, aesthetics and forms (Intellect, 2013), pp. 155-174.

Sean F. Edgecomb, ‘The Ridiculous Performance of Taylor Mac’, in Theatre journal. 64.4 (2012), pp. 549-563.

Jen Harvie, Ch. 1 ‘Labour: Participation, Delegation and Deregulation’, in Fair play : art, performance and neoliberalism (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp.26-61.

Adrian Heathfield, ‘Risk in Intimacy: An Interview with Bobby Baker’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 4.1 (1999), pp. 97-106.

Deirdre Heddon and Adrian Howells, ‘From Talking to Silence: A Confessional Journey’, PAJ : a journal of performance and art. 33.1 (2011), pp. 1-12.

Wendy Hubbard, ‘Falling Faint: On syncopated spectatorship and The Author ’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 18.4 (2013), pp. 22-29.

Helen Iball, ‘Towards an Ethics of Intimate Audience’, Performing ethos : an international journal of ethics in theatre & performance. 3.1 (2013), pp. 41-57.

James Thompson, Ch. 4 ‘Performance Affects: A Kind of Triumph’ in Performance affects : applied theatre and the end of effect (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), pp. 115-135.

Gareth White, Ch. 4 ‘Accepting the Invitation’ in Audience participation in theatre [electronic resource] : aesthetics of the invitation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), pp. 159-194.

 

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Recommendations for Further Reading: General and Artist-Specific

These are suggestions for further reading. The lists are not exhaustive and you will find more resources, including journalism, blogs and reviews, online. You will also find more resources, in relation to some of the topics and practitioners, by searching the library catalogue and by using electronic resources such as Project Muse and Web of Knowledge.

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General

Sally Banes and André Lepecki (eds.), The senses in performance (Routledge, 2006)

Carol Becker, Surpassing the spectacle : global transformations and the changing politics of art (Rowman and Littlefield, 2002)

Johanna Billing, Maria Lind and Lars Nilsson (eds.), Taking the matter into common hands : on contemporary art and collaborative practices (Black Dog, 2007)

Bishop, Claire (ed.) Participation : Documents of Contemporary Art (Whitechapel and MIT Press, 2006)

_______________ Artificial hells : participatory art and the politics of spectatorship (Verso, 2012)

Nicolas Bourriaud, Relational aesthetics (Les Presses du Reél, 2002)

Daniel Brine and Lois Keidan (eds.), Programme notes : case studies for locating experimental theatre (Live Art Development Agency, 2007)

Marvin Carlson, Performance: A Critical Introduction , 2nd edition (Routledge, 2003)

Jan Cohen-Cruz, Engaging performance : theatre as call and response (Routledge, 2010)

Colette Conroy, Theatre & the body ISBN: 9780230205437 (pbk.); 0230205437 (pbk.)  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Maria Delgado and Caridad Svich (eds.), Theatre in crisis? : performance manifestos for a new century (Manchester UP, 2002)

Jill Dolan, Utopia in performance : finding hope at the theater (University of Michigan Press, 2005)

Erika Fischer-Lichte, The transformative power of performance : a new aesthetics (Routledge, 2008)

Misha Glouberman with Sheila Heti, The chairs are where the people go : how to live, work, and play in the city (Faber and Faber, 2011)

Helena Grehan, Performance, ethics and spectatorship in a global age (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Susan Haedicke and Tobin Nellhaus (eds.), Performing democracy : international perspectives on urban community-based performance (University of Michigan Press, 2001)

Jen Harvie, Theatre & the city ISBN: 9780230205222 (pbk.) : £40.99; 0230205224 (pbk.) : £40.99 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Jen Harvie, Staging the UK (Manchester University Press, 2005)

Deirdre Heddon, Autobiography and performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Pablo Helguera, Education for socially engaged art : a materials and techniques handbook (Jorge Pinto Books, 2011)

Erin Hurley, Theatre & feeling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010)

Shannon Jackson, Social works : performing art, supporting publics (Routledge, 2011)

Susan Kattwinkel, Audience participation : essays on inclusion in performance (Praeger, 2003)

Baz Kershaw, The politics of performance : radical theatre as cultural intervention (Routledge, 1992)

Grant Kester, Conversation pieces : community and communication in modern art (University of California Press, 2004)

Josephine Machon, Immersive theatres : intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

Josephine Machon, (Syn)aesthetics : redefining visceral performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Gay McAuley, Space in performance : making meaning in the theatre (University of Michigan Press, 2000)

Alison Oddey and Christine White, Modes of spectating (Intellect, 2011)

Paul Rae, Theatre & human rights ISBN: 9780230205246 (pbk.) : £4.99; 0230205240 (pbk.) : £4.99  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

Jacques Rancière, The emancipated spectator (Verso, 2009)

Nicholas Ridout, Theatre & ethics (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009)

______ Stage fright, animals, and other theatrical problems (Cambridge University Press, 2006)

Samuel Weber, Theatricality as medium (Fordham UP, 2004)

Rachel Zerihan. ‘One-to-One theatre, a Study Room Guide,’ http://www.thisisliveart.co.uk/resources/Study_Room/guides/Rachel_Zerihan.html

 

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Artist-Specific

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Bobby Baker

Michèle Barrett and Bobby Baker (eds.), Bobby Baker : redeeming features of daily life (Rouledge, 2007)

www.bobbybakersdailylife.com

Box story [videorecording] , How to shop [videorecording] , Kitchen show [videorecording] , Grown-up school [videorecording] , Take a peek! [videorecording] . DVD recordings are available from Edward Boyle Library High Demand collection.

Adrian Heathfield, ‘Risk in Intimacy: An Interview with Bobby Baker’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 4.1 (1999), pp. 97-106.

 

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Augusto Boal

www.theatreoftheoppressed.org

Augusto Boal, Theatre of the Oppressed (Pluto Press, 2008 [1974]).

From forum to legislative theatre [videorecording] : with Augusto and Julian Boal . DVD recording is available from Edward Boyle Library High Demand collection.

Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed : 15th Annual Conference 18-24 May, 2009. DVD recording is available from Edward Boyle Library High Demand collection.

Frances Babbage, Augusto Boal (Routledge, 2004)

Jan Cohen-Cruz and Mady Schutzman, Playing Boal : theatre, therapy, activism (Routledge, 1994)

 

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Tim Crouch

Stephen Bottoms (ed.), Contemporary theatre review. Special Issue: Forum: ‘Tim Crouch, The Author and the Audience’ 21.4 (2011)

Stephen Bottoms, ‘Authorizing the Audience: the conceptual drama of Tim Crouch’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 14.1 (2009): 65-76.

Helen Freshwater, ‘ The Author : Tim Crouch in conversation with Helen Freshwater’, Performing ethos : an international journal of ethics in theatre & performance. 1.2 (April 2010): 181-196.

Wendy Hubbard, ‘Falling Faint: On syncopated spectatorship and The Author ’, Performance research : a journal of performing arts. 18.4 (2013), pp. 22-29.

David Lane, ‘A Dramaturg’s perspective: Looking to the future of script development’, Studies in theatre and performance. 30.1 (March 2010): 127-142.

Emilie Morin, ‘”Look Again”: Indeterminacy and Contemporary British Drama’, New Theatre Quarterly. 27:1 (2011): 71-85.

Gareth White, Audience participation in theatre [electronic resource] : aesthetics of the invitation (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Also see theatrepersonal.co.uk for interview transcripts with members of the Company from The Author ’s Royal Court premiere.

 

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Kate Fox: Stand Up Comedy 

 

M Bakhtin. 1984. Rabelais and His World, Bloomington and Indianapolis, Indiana University Press.

 

M Billig. 2005. Laughter and ridicule : towards a social critique of humour ISBN: 1412911435 (pbk) : £19.99; 1412902509. London. Sage

 

O Double. 2005. Getting the joke : the inner workings of stand-up comedy ISBN: 9781408177709 (e-book). London. Methuen Drama

 

S Friedman. 2011. The cultural currency of a ‘good’ sense of humour: British comedy and new forms of distinction. The British journal of sociology. ISSN: 0007-1315, 62: 347–370.

 

K Fox. 2015. The Price of Happiness, BBCiPlayer

 

J Gnarr. 2014. Gnarr : how I became the mayor of a large city in Iceland and changed the world ISBN: 9781612194370 (paperback); 9781612194134 (hardcover), New York, Melville House Publishing

 

R Krefting. 2014. All joking aside : American humor and its discontents ISBN: 9781421414294 (hardcover : alk. paper); 1421414295 (hardcover : alk. paper); 9781421414300 (pbk. : alk. paper); 1421414309 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781421414317 (electronic); 1421414317 (electronic), Baltimore, Johns Hopkins Press

 

S Lockyer and M Pickering (Eds). 2005. Beyond a joke : the limits of humour ISBN: 9781403939425; 140393942X, London, Palgrave Macmillan

 

L Mizejewski. 2015. Pretty/funny : women comedians and body politics ISBN: 9781477307601 (pbk.) : £17.99. University of Texas Press

 

M Mulkay. 1988. On humour : its nature and its place in modern society ISBN: 0745605435, Cambridge, Polity Press.

 

J Palmer. 1994. Taking humour seriously ISBN: 0415102669, London and New York, Routledge

 

S Quirk. 2015. Why stand-up matters : how comedians manipulate and influence ISBN: 9781472578952 (e-book), London, Bloomsbury Methuen Drama

 

Willett, Willett, Sherman. 2012. The seriously erotic politics of feminist laughter, Social research. ISSN: 0037-783x, 79(1), 217-246,272.

 

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Adrian Howells

Deirdre Heddon and Adrian Howells, ‘From Talking to Silence: A Confessional Journey’, PAJ : a journal of performance and art. 33.1 (2011), pp. 1-12.

Deirdre Heddon, Autobiography and performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)

Helen Iball, ‘Towards an Ethics of Intimate Audience’, Performing ethos : an international journal of ethics in theatre & performance. 3.1 (2013), pp. 41-57.

Josephine Machon, Immersive theatres : intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)

 

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Taylor Mac + background context: Charles Ludlam and Ridiculous Theatre

www.taylormac.org

Ronald Argelander, ‘Charles Ludlam’s Ridiculous Theatrical Co.’ in TDR : The drama review. 18.2 (1974), pp. 81-86.

Gregory Bredbeck, ‘The Ridiculous Sound of One Hand Clapping: Placing Ludlam’s “Gay” Theatre in Space and Time’, in Modern drama. 39.1 (1996), pp. 64-83.

Sean Edgecomb, ‘The Ridiculous Performance of Taylor Mac’, in Theatre journal. 64.4 (2012), pp. 549-563.

Sean Edgecomb, ‘History of the Ridiculous, 1960-1987’, in The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide 14.3 (2007), pp. 21

James Fisher (ed.) "We will be citizens" : new essays on gay and lesbian theatre (Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2008)

Charles Ludlam and Steven Samuels, Ridiculous theatre : scourge of human folly : the essays and opinions of Charles Ludlam (New York: Theatre Communications Group, 1992)

Bonnie Marranca and Gautam Dasgupta, Theatre of the ridiculous , rev. ed. (PAJ Books, 1998)

This list was last updated on 14/02/2017