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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.

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General Reading

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 Minerva available as an online course reading in the VLE

Play texts are available via Library resource Drama Online


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Reading week by week

Week 1) Introduction

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

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

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)

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

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

Week 2) Naturalism's lines of flight  

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

Week 3) Dada & Surrealism

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 writingsLondon: Pluto Press

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 & surrealism ISBN: 0714832618 (pbk) 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

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

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

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

Week 4) Futurism and multimedia

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

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

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

Week 5) Expressionism


Week 6) Epic theatre and performance

Brecht, B (2015, edited by M Silberman et al) Brecht on theatre [electronic resource], London, Bloomsbury. Ebook available

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

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

Week 9) Happenings 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 online as an e-book and 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 Minerva available as an online course reading in the VLE

Morgan, Robert C 2002 Bruce NaumanBaltimore: John Hopkins Press

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

Week 10) Site specific peformance 

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

This list was last updated on 11/01/2018