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PECI 2704 Module Reading List

Interpreting Theatre and Performance Histories, 2017/18, Semester 2
Prof. Jonathan Pitches
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

Essential reading:

NB: Preparatory reading for the weekly lectures is essential and will typically consist of a play text (via Drama Online), a manifesto or other source text and additional contextual resources. These are all listed, posted and/or linked in the weekly folders in Learning Resources.

Many of the theory/ contextual material can be found in the following volumes:

Brayshaw, T. & Witts, N. (eds.) 2014. (3rd edition) The twentieth century performance reader

Gale, M. & Deeney, J. (eds) 2016 2nd edition The Routledge drama anthology : from modernism to contemporary performance (London: Routledge)

Drain, Richard 1995 Twentieth-century theatre : a sourcebook London: Routledge, pp. 98-117 available as an online course reading in the VLE


Play texts are available via Library resource Drama Online

Bibliography by lecture week

1) Naturalism/ avant garde

Cardullo, Bert & Knopf, Robert (eds) 2001 Theater of the avant-garde, 1890-1950: a critical anthology Yale University Press

Innes, C. 1993 Avant garde theatre: 1892-1992 London: Routledge

Innes, C (ed) 2000 A sourcebook on naturalist theatre London & New York: Routledge

Pickering, Kenneth, Thompson, Jayne 2013 Naturalism in theatre: its development and legacy , Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan

Schumacher, Claude 1996 Naturalism and symbolism in European theatre, 1850-1918 Theatre Cambridge: CUP

2) Naturalism into symbolism

Deak, Frantisek 1993 Symbolist theater : the formation of an avant-garde Baltimore: John Hopkins. Chapter 6 available as an online course reading in the VLE

Deak, Frantisek 1976 “Symbolist Staging at the Théâtre d’Art” In Drama review: TDR. . , T-71, pp. 117-128

Palmer, Scott 2015 ‘A ‘choréographie’ of light and space: Adolphe Appia and the first scenographic turn’ Theatre and performance design Volume 1. 31-47 [available online]

Shattuck, Roger 1968 The Banquet Years New York: Vintage Books

Gerould, D. 1985 Doubles, Dreams and Demons Performing arts journal.

3) Dada & Surrealism

Benedikt, Michael & George Wellwarth 1965 Modern French plays: an anthology from Jarry to Ionesco London: Faber & Faber

Bradley, Fiona 1997 Surrealism London: Tate Gallery

Breton, André 1969 Manifestoes of surrealism (in English) Michigan: Ann Arbor

Breton, André 1978 What is surrealism? selected writings. London: Pluto Press

Cardinal, Roger 1970 Surrealism : permanent revelation . Permanent Revelation Dutton

Chénieux-Gendron, Jacqueline 1990 Surrealism New York: CUP

Cronin, Vincent 1994 Paris : city of light, 1919-1939 London: Harper Collins

Fer, Briony et al. 1993 Realism, rationalism, surrealism : art between the wars New Haven: YUP

Gale, Matthew 1997 Dada and Surrealism London: Phaidon

Gooding, Mel (ed.) 1995 A book of surrealist games : including the little surrealist dictionary London: Shambhala

Gordon, Mel 1974 “Dada Berlin” In Drama review : TDR. , T-62, pp. 115-24

Haslam, M 1978 The real world of the Surrealists London: Weidenfeld & Nichol

Huelsenbeck, R. 1993 Dada Almanach London: Atlas Press

Knapp, Bettina L. 1985 French theatre : 1918-1939 London: Methuen

Kuenzli, Rudolf E. 1996 Dada and surrealist film Mass.: MIT

Lewis, Helena 1990 Dada turns red : the politics of Surrealism Edinburgh: EUP

Matthews, J.H. 1974 Theatre in Dada and surrealism New York; Syracuse UP

Melzer, Annabelle 1994 Dada and surrealist performance Baltimore: John Hopkins UP

Motherwell, R. (ed.) 1951 The Dada painters and poets : an anthology Cambridge: HUP

Nicholls, Peter 1991 “Anti-Oedipus? Dada and Surrealist Theatre, 1916-35” In New Theatre Quarterly. , 7 (28), pp. 331-47.

Oesterreicher-Mollwo, M 1979 Surrealism and Dadaism : provocative destruction, the path within and the exacerbation of the problem of a reconciliation of art and life London: Phaidon

Orenstein, Gloria Feman 1975 The theater of the marvelous : surrealism and the contemporary stage New York: NYUP

Richter, Hans 1997 Dada : art and anti-art London: Thames & Hudson

Schumacher, Claude 1986 Alfred Jarry and Guillaume Apollinaire Methuen

Short, Robert 1980 Dada and Surrealism London: Laurence King

Tzara, Tristan 1992 Seven Dada manifestos ; and, Lampisteries London: John Calder

Waldberg, Patrick 1965 Surrealism New York:Thames & Hudson

Wiser, William 1983 The crazy years : Paris in the twenties London: Thames and Hudson

Young, Alan 1981 Dada and after : extremist modernism and English literature Manchester: MUP

4) and 7) - Futurism/ acting machine/ scenography

Baugh, Christopher 2013 (2nd edition) Theatre, performance and technology : the development and transformation of scenography , Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

Berghaus, G. 2005 Avant-garde performance : live events and electronic technologies , London & New York: Palgrave

Broadhurst, S.& Machon, J.(eds) 2006 Performance and technology : practices of virtual embodiment and interactivity , London & New York:Palgrave

Carver,G.& Beardon,C.(eds) 2004 New visions in performance : the impact of digital technologies , Lisse, NL: Swets and Zeitlinger

Causey, M.2006 Theatre and performance in digital culture : from simulation to embeddedness , London: Routledge

Curtin, Adrian 2014 Avant-Garde theatre sound : staging sonic modernity London: Palgrave Macmillan

Kirby, Michael, (1971) "Futurist Scenography" from Kirby, Michael, Futurist performance pp.71-90, New York: Dutton. Available as pdf in weekly module folder.

McKinney, J. & Butterworth, P.2009 The Cambridge introduction to scenography , Cambridge : Cambridge University Press

Palmer, S. 2013 Light : readings in theatre practice Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan

Pitches, Jonathan. 2003 Vsevolod Meyerhold Routledge Performance Practitioners, (ed. Chamberlain, F) London: Routledge[available online]

Pitches, Jonathan 2015 ‘Contrasting Modernities:the Rural and the Urban in Michael Chekhov's Psychological Gesture and Meyerhold's Biomechanical Études’, in The Routledge companion to Michael Chekhov (eds Autant-Mathiue and Meerzon), Abingdon: Routledge

5) Expressionism


6) Brecht

Brecht, B (2015, edited by M Silberman et al) Brecht on theatre [electronic resource], London, Bloomsbury. Ebook available: http://leeds.eblib.com/patron/FullRecord.aspx?p=1783624

Mumford, Meg (2009) Bertolt Brecht, London/ Abingdon: Routledge.

Thomson, Peter (ed, 2007, 2nd ed) The Cambridge Companion to Brecht. Cambridge: Cambridge UP.

8) Art and Performance Art

Berghaus, G 2005 Avant-Garde Performance Basingstoke: Palgrave

Goldberg, Rose Lee 1988 Performance art: from Futurism to the present London: Thames & Hudson

Goldberg, Rose Lee 2004 Performance: live art since the 60s / RoseLee Goldberg London: Thames & Hudson

Heathfield Adrian (ed.) 2004 Live : art and performance London: Tate

Hoffman, J and Jonas, J 2005 Perform London: Thames & Hudson

Jones, A. Heathfield, A. 2012 Perform, repeat, record : live art in history . Bristol: Intellect.

Kaye, N. 2007 Multi-media : video, installation, performance , London: Routledge, pp. 141-161 Available as an Online Course Reading in the VLE.

Kirby, M 1965 Happenings / an illustrated anthology. Scripts and productions by Jim Dine and others. New York: Dutton

Lacy, Suzanne (ed.) 1995 Mapping the terrain : new genre public art Seattle: Bay Press

Lingwood, James and Morris, Michael 2002 Off limits : 40 Artangel projects London: Merrell

Malpas, S 2001 ' Postmodern debates ' Basingstoke: Palgrave. Introduction (pp. 2-11) available as an online course reading in the VLE

Morgan, Robert C 2002 Bruce Nauman. Baltimore: John Hopkins Press

Sandford, M R (ed.) 1995 Happenings and other acts London: Routledge


9) Late modernism/ postmodernism

Auslander, Philip 1997 From acting to performance : essays in modernism and postmodernism Abingdon: Routledge

Beckett, Samuel 1993 The theatrical notebooks of Samuel Beckett. Vol.1, Waiting for Godot , with a revised text London: Faber and Faber

Bradbury, M & J. MacFarlane 1976 Modernism : 1890-1930 London: Penguin

Connor, S (ed) 2004 The Cambridge companion to postmodernism Cambridge, UK ; New York : CUP (Available as electronic resource through the Library)

Esslin, Martin 1980 The theatre of the absurd. London: Penguin

Ionesco, Eugène 1964 Notes and counter-notes London: John Calder Press

Kalb, J 1989 Beckett in performance Cambridge University Press

Levenson, M (ed) 1999 The Cambridge companion to modernism Cambridge : CUP(Available as electronic resource through the Library)

Oppenheim, R 1994 Directing Beckett University of Michigan Press

Pilling, J (ed) 1994 The Cambridge companion to Beckett Cambridge University Press

Sartre, Jean-Paul 1960 Existentialism and humanism London: Methuen

Taxidou, Olga 2007 Modernism and performance : Jarry to Brecht , Basingstoke: Palgrave 

10) Postdramatic

Aston, E and Harris, G (eds.) 2006 Feminist futures? : theatre, performance, theory Basingstoke: Palgrave

Dixon, S. 2007 Digital performance : a history of new media in theater, dance, performance art, and installation , MIT Press

Lehmann, Hans-Thies. 2006 Postdramatic theatre , London:Routledge [available online]



This list was last updated on 18/01/2017