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PECI 1707 Module Reading List

Exploring the Performing Arts, 2019/20, Semester 2
Dr Phil Kiszely
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

PECI 1707 Exploring the Performing Arts Reading List

Session 1 Debunking Elitism


Bennett, T & Frow, J (eds) 2008 The SAGE handbook of cultural analysis, London, Sage,

Billington, R Culture and society : a sociology of culture London Macmillan, 1991


Counsell, C Performance analysis : an introductory coursebook Routledge, London, 2001


Giddens, A Sociology (5th Ed), Cambridge, Polity, 2006


Howells, R Visual culture Cambridge, Polity, 2003


Pateman, T Key concepts : a guide to aesthetics, criticism and the arts in education, London, Falmer Press, 1991


Ryan, M An introduction to film analysis : technique and meaning in narrative film New York ; London : Continuum, 2012.


Stein, D (ed) Engaging music : essays in music analysis New York, Oxford University Press, 2005


Williams. R Culture, Fontana, Glasgow 1981


Williams R. Culture & society : Coleridge to Orwell, London : Hogarth Press, 1990.


International Index to the Performing Arts (providing access to innumerable journals, articles etc is available on-line through the Library Electronic Resources.  


For other main themes you should also check the holdings in Sociology and Cultural Studies

Session 2 Myth and Adaptation

Carner, M Puccini : a critical biography, London : Duckworth, 1992.


ENO Guide La Boheme, Giacomo Puccini by Giacosa, Giuseppe, 1847- 1906; Illica, Luigi, 1857-1919; Murger, Henry, 1822-1861; Grist, William; Pinkerton, Percy, Calder Publications


Fairtile, L. Giacomo Puccini : a guide to research/ New York, N.Y; London : Garland Publishing, 1999.


Groos, A Giacomo Puccini, La bohème , Cambridge : Cambridge University Parker, R Press, 1986.


Kinder, M Moulin Rouge Film quarterly., Vol. 55, No. 3 (Spring 2002), pp. 52-59 Published by: University of California Press 


la Mure, P Moulin Rouge : a novel based on the life of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, London : Collins, 1955.


Parsons, G What Is Bohemianism? Overland Monthly and Out West Magazine, Vol 1, Issue 5 Uni of Michigan Humanities Text Initiative. Available online:;view=image


Wilson, A The Puccini problem : opera, nationalism and modernity, Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2007.


Numerous articles online in :Library Catalogue for La Boheme, Moulin Rouge and Baz Luhrmann. Video/DVD Recordings of MR and LB are also available. NB. The extended MR double DVD has interesting interviews with Luhrmann and discusses numerous ideas in the making of the film. You should also consider the section on film criticism.


Session 3 Creativity: The sum is greater than the parts.

Caddy, D The Ballets russes and beyond : music and dance in belle-époque Paris Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2012.


Garafola, L Diaghilev's Ballets russes New York, Oxford University Press,1989


Grigoriev.S.L The Diaghilev Ballet 1909-1929, Harmondsworth, Penguin, 1960


Haskell, A Ballet russe: the age of Diaghilev London, Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1968


Lieven, P The birth of ballets-russes, New York : Dover Publications, c1973


Shead, R Ballets Russes., London, Apple 1989


Van den Toorn, P Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring : the beginnings of a musical language Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987


Newson, L Never again/ The Rite of Spring (video recording), C4, BBC2, 1989.


Stravinsky, I Stravinsky and the Ballets Russes [videorecording]. Video Bel Air Classiques 2009

The Firebird [videorecording: ballet ; The Rite of Spring : ballet Quick Silva, 1988


You should also search the library catalogue for Ballets Russe, Stravinsky (numerous books, scores, etc), Nijinsky and Diaghilev. There is a video of Petroushka available under Nijinsky and audio recordings of all three ballets)


Sessions 4 Social Realism and Kitchen Sink Drama

Armstrong, R Understanding realism London, BFI, 2005

Cartwright, J Most of Cartwright’s plays and a screenplay of Little Voice are available in the library including Road, Little voice, Hard fruit, Bed, Two & Bed., etc Plenty on social realism in the Library and you should also read:

Dubar. A Rita, Sue and Bob too : with The arbor. and Shirley ; three stage plays London : Methuen Paperback, 1988.

Lay, S British social realism : from documentary to Brit grit Wallflower, London, 2002

Nightingale,B Jim Cartwright's Street of Broken Dreams, The New York times., July 24, 1988 (available online through library)

Tucker, D British social realism in the arts since 1940 Houndmils, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Shapiro.D (ed) Social realism : art as a weapon New York, Ungar, 1973

Also lots of material on Thatcher and Miners Strike (see History and politics), and numerous generic references in Theatre and Drama  section re Kitchen Sink Drama, etc.



Session 5 Representation and Accuracy 


Appignanesi, L Cabaret , London : Methuen, 1984


Barta, T (Ed) Screening the past : film and the representation of history Westport, Conneticut, Praeger, 1998


Brengle, L.K Divine Decadence Darling! The Sixty - Year History of the Kit Kat Klub Journal of popular culture., 2000, Volume 34, Issue 2


Cook. P Screening the past : memory and nostalgia in cinema London, Routledge, 2005


Fryer, J Isherwood : a biography of Christopher Isherwood London, New English Library, 1977


Hallam, J Realism and popular cinema Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2000


Isherwood, C Goodbye to Berlin, London : Vintage, 1998.


Jelavich, P Berlin cabaret.  Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Press, 1993.


Page, N Auden and Isherwood : the Berlin years Basingstoke, Macmillan, 2000


Piazza, P Christopher Isherwood : myth and anti-myth New York, Columbia University Press, 1978


Segel, H Turn-of-the-century cabaret : Paris, Barcelona, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Cracow, Moscow, St. Petersburg, Zurich New York ; Guildford : Colombia University Press, 1987.


Stam, R Literature through film : realism, magic, and the art of adaptation Malden, Mass. : Blackwell, c2005.


Video recordings and sound recordings available. You should also search the library catalogue under Isherwood for additional resources. There are a number of biographies, etc. You should also consider the sections on film criticism.


Session 6 Censorship and Performance: who censors?


Aldgate, A Censorship in Theatre and Cinema Edinburgh University Press, 2005


Aldgate, A Censorship and the permissive society : British cinema and theatre 1955-1965, Oxford : Clarendon, 1995.


Bond. E Saved, London, Methuen, 2000


Findlater, R(Ed) At the Royal Court : 25 years of the English Stage Company, Amber Lane Press, 1981


Freshwater,H Theatre censorship in Britain : silencing, censure and suppression Basingstoke England, Palgrave Macmillan, 2009


Mangan, M Edward Bond Plymouth : Northcote House in association with the British Council, 1998.


Roberts.P The Royal Court Theatre and the Modern Stage, CUP, 1999

Thomas, D Theatre censorship [electronic resource] : from Walpole to Wilson Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007. (electronic resource Chapter 7: general background to period)

You should also search for Censorship, Lord Chamberlain and the Royal Court Theatre. Extensive resources available.


Re Hair [videorecording]


Bradford.G, Gary.M, Wallach.G,(eds) The politics of culture : policy perspectives for individuals, institutions, and communities, New York, New Press, 2000

Hall, S The hippies: an American “Moment”, Birmingham : University of Birmingham, Centre for Contemporary Cultural Studies, [1968?] Available online:


Green, J All dressed up : the sixties and the counter-culture London, Jonathan Cape, 1998.


Miller, S Rebels with applause : Broadway's groundbreaking musicals, Heinemann: Portsmouth New Haven, 2001



Wollman, E The theater will rock : a history of the rock musical : from Hair to Hedwig University of Michigan Press, 2006.


Whiteley, S The space between the notes : rock and the counter-culture London, New York, Routledge, 1992


Video recording of Hair (Film) is available in Edward Boyle



Session 7 Creativity and the Politics of Repression


Bartlett,R(ed) Shostakovich in context Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2000.


Coton, A The new ballet : Kurt Jooss and his work London : D. Dobson, 1946.


Davies, S(ed) Stalin: a new history, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.


Fay, L (ed) Shostakovich and his world Princeton, N.J. ; Oxford : Princeton University Press, 2004.


Gellately, R Lenin, Stalin and Hitler : the age of social catastrophe London : Jonathan Cape, 2007.


Goldman, W Terror and democracy in the age of Stalin : the social dynamics of repression Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2007.


Ho, A Shostakovich reconsidered London : Toccata, 1998.


Ivashkin, A Contemplating Shostakovich : life, music and film Farnham, Ashgate, c2012.


Markhard, A Jooss / dokumentation von Anna und Hermann Markard ;  herausgegeben zur Ausstellung "Kurt Jooss - Leben und Werk" im Museum Folkwang Essen anlässlich des Festivals "Folkwang '85". Köln : Ballett-Bühnen-Verlag, 1985.


Partsch- The makers of modern dance in Germany, Bergsohn,I Hightstown, NJ, Princeton Book Co, 2003


Shostakovich, DTestimony : the memoirs of Dmitri Shostakovich as related to and edited by Solomon Volkov ; translated from the Russian by A W. Bouis. New York : Harper & Row, c1979.


Walther, S The dance of death : Kurt Jooss and the Weimar Years. Chur, Harwood, 1994


Wilson, E Shostakovich : a life remembered, London : Faber, 2006.


Numerous scores, biographies, recordings, etc available in library

Also proceedings of Jooss Conference, held at Uni of Birmingham 1992



Session 8 Festivals of Performance


Bennett. A Remembering Woodstock Aldershot : Ashgate, c2004.


Bennett, A Cultures of popular music Buckingham : Open University Press, 2001.


Brant, M Join together : forty years of the rock music festival New York, Backbeat, 2008


Geldof, B Is that it? Harmondsworth : Penguin, 1986.


Inglis. I Performance and popular music : history, place and time Aldershot : Ashgate, 2005, c2006.


Kirkpatrick, R 1969 : the year everything changed New York, NY : Skyhorse  Pub., c2011.


Perone, J Woodstock : an encyclopedia of the music and art fair Westport, Conn. ; London : Greenwood Press, 2005.


Pollock, B By the time we got to Woodstock : the great rock 'n' roll revolution of 1969 New York : Backbeat, c2009


Shuker, R Understanding popular music culture Abingdon, Oxon ; New York : Routledge, 2008.


Session 9 Patriarchal Performance


Allegranti, B Embodied performances : sexuality, gender, bodiesBasingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011


Altman, R The American film musical New York: Indiana UniversityPress, 1987


Barrios, R A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995


Butler, J Gender trouble: feminism and the subversion of identity, New York, Routledge, 2006


Dolan, J The feminist spectator in action : feminist criticism for the stage and screen stage and screen, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013


Farfan, P Women, modernism, and performance Cambridge University Press, 2004


Hirschhorn, C The Hollywood musical London, Octopus, 1981


Smith, S The musical : race, gender and performance London, Wallflower, 2005


Vallance, T The American musical London, Zwemmer, 1970


Walsh, D, American popular culture and the genesis of the musical London: Goldsmiths College, 1996.

Wolf, S A problem like Maria : gender and sexuality in the American musical University of Michigan Press. 2002

Wolf, S Changed for good : a feminist history of the Broadway musicalOxford University Press, USA, 2011



Session 10 Reality TV: Entertainment or Exploitation?



Andrejevic, M Reality TV : the work of being watched Oxford, Roman and Littelfield, 2004


Biressa, A Reality TV : realism and revelation, London, Wallflower, 2005


Gannon, M. Paradoxes of culture and globalization, Los Angeles : Sage, 2008.


Grace, P The religious film : Christianity and the hagiopic Oxford : Wiley-Blackwell, 2009.


Murray, S Reality TV [electronic resource] : remaking television culture New York University Press, 2009


Pick. J The West End : mismanagement and snobbery, Eastbourne, Offord, 1983


Richmond, K The musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber London : Virgin, 1995.


Shuker, R Understanding Popular Music Culture, Abingdon, Routledge, 2007


Skeggs, B Reacting to reality television : performance, audience and value London, Routledge, 2012.


Sternfeld, J The megamusical Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c2006.


Recordings of Superstar and Joseph and most of the other Lloyd Webber musicals available


This list was last updated on 16/09/2014