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PECI 1707 Module Reading List

Exploring the Performing Arts, 2021/22, 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.



Sessions 3 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 4 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 5 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 6 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 9:  Stereotypes: Gender and ethnicity in Performance

Allegranti, B  Embodied performances: sexuality, gender, bodies, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2011

Altman, R The American Film Musical,  New York: Indiana University Press, 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,  Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, 2013

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

Hirschlom, 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 musical Oxford University Press, USA, 2011


This list was last updated on 20/01/2020