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PECI 2704 Module Reading List

Interpreting Theatre and Performance Histories, 2021/22, Semester 1
Dr Kara McKechnie
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., Fenemore, A. & Witts, N. (eds.) 2020 The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader, Routledge.

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 OCR REQUESTED BY LIBRARY (srj 04/01/2018) 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

Bratton, J. S., (2003) "Chapter 1 plus Notes" from Bratton, J. S., New readings in theatre history ISBN: 0521794633 (pbk.) : £14.95; 0521791219 : £40.00 pp.3- 16,200-205, Cambridge University Press 

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

Jenkins, Keith, (2003) "Chapter 1" from Jenkins, Keith, Re-thinking history pp.5-26, Routledge.

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

Lowenthal, David, (1985) "Chapter 5" from Lowenthal, David, The past is a foreign country pp.185- 238, Cambridge University Press.

Postlewait, Thomas (2004) "THEATRE HISTORY AND HISTORIOGRAPHY:A DISCIPLINARY MANDATE", Theatre survey. ISSN: 0040-5574; 1475-4533, 45:2. 

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

Zarrilli, Phillip B., (2006) "Introduction" from Zarrilli, Phillip B., Theatre histories: an introduction pp.xviii-xxxi, Routledge

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

Pitches Jonathan and Aquilina, Stefan Eds. (2017) Stanislavsky in the World ISBN: 9781472587879 (hb) : £75.00; 9781472587886 (pb) : £24.99; 9781472587909 (ePDF); 9781472587893 (ePub): London: Bloomsbury

Rebellato, D. 2010. ‘Introduction to Naturalism and Symbolism: Early Modernist Practice’ in Maggie B. Gale and John F. Deeney (eds) The Routledge Drama Anthology and Sourcebook ISBN: 9780415466622 (pbk.) : £29.99; 9780415466066 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415466067 (hbk.) : £75.00; 0415466628 (pbk.) : £29.99, London: Routledge.

Rebellato, D. 2009, Theatre and Globalization, Basingstoke: Palgrave

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

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

Berghaus, Gunter 1995. The genesis of Futurism : Marinetti's early career and writings 1899-1909 ISBN: 0952590107, 1899- 1909. Leeds: Society for Italian Studies.

Berghaus, Gunter 1998. Italian futurist theatre, 1909-1944 ISBN: 019815898X. Oxford: Clarendon Press

Bohn, Willard 2005. Italian futurist poetry ISBN: 0802039480 (bound) : $60.00; 0802037836 (pbk) : $29.95. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. 

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

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

Daly, Selina 2016 Italian futurism and the First World War ISBN: 9781442649064; 1442649062. Toronto: University of Toronto Press

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

Helterbrand, Ryan  2015. 'Ecstasies of War: Anti-fascism in Italian Futurist Performance, 109-1919' in Italica. ISSN: 0021-3020. Vol 92, No.4. 

Kirby, Michael, 1986, 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

Rainey,  Lawrence et al. 2009 Futurism : an anthology ISBN: 9780300088755 (cloth : alk. paper); 0300088752 (cloth : alk. paper). New Haven: YUP. 

Week 5) Expressionism

Baird, B. 2016. Hijikata Tatsumi and Butoh: Dancing in a Pool of Gray Grits ISBN: 9781137012623 (e-book); 9780230120402 (hbk.). London: Palgrave.

Benson, R. 1984. German Expressionist Drama ISBN: 0333305841: Ernst Toller and George Kaiser. London: MacMillan.

Chilvers, I. 2015. The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Kuhns, D. 2008. German Expressionist Theatre ISBN: 0521583403 (hardback): The Actor and the Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Howe, D. 2001. Individuality and expression : the aesthetics of the new German dance, 1908-1936 ISBN: 0820426563. London: Peter Lang.

Kuhns, D. 2008. German Expressionist Theatre ISBN: 0521583403 (hardback): The Actor and the Stage. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Metzger, R. 2007. Berlin in the twenties : art and culture, 1918-1933 ISBN: 0500513546 (hbk.) : £24.95; 9780500513545 (hbk.) : £24.95.  London: Thames and Hudson.

Miesel, V. 2003. Voices of German expressionism.London: Tate.

Roberts, I. 2008. German expressionist cinema : the world of light and shadow ISBN: 9781905674602 (pbk.) : £12.99; 1905674600 (pbk.) : £12.99. London: Wallflower.

Scheunemann, D. 2003. Expressionist Film – new perspectives. London: Camden House.

Warden, C. 2007. The Shadows and the Rush of Light: Ewan MacColl and Expressionist Drama. London: New Theatre Quarterly. ISSN: 0266-464x. Volume 23, Issue 4, November 2007 

Week 6) Taking Stock

No reading recommended

Week 7) Presentations

No reading recommended

Week 8) Epic and after

Barnett, David (2014) Brecht in Practice ISBN: 9781408183144 (ebook) : No price, London: Bloomsbury, Methuen Drama. 

Bartram, Graham (2006, ed) The Cambridge Companion to the Modern German Novel; Chapter – Boa, Elizabeth “Women Writers in the Golden 20s”. Cambridge University Press.

Castledine, Annie (ed, 1991) Plays by women. vol.9 ISBN: 0413658503, London : Methuen, 1991. Contains Purgatory in Ingolstadt, Pioneers in Ingolstadt, plus Avant-garde, Early encounter, I wasn't aware of the explosive by Marieluise Fleisser.

Brecht, B (2015, edited by M Silberman et al) Brecht on theatre [electronic resource]ISBN: 9781472558633 47.5 (NL), London, Bloomsbury. Ebook available

Cocalis, Susan L. “The Politics of Brutality: Toward a Definition of the Critical Volksstück” Modern drama. ISSN: 0026-7694, Volume 24, Number 3, Fall 1981, pp. 292-313 (Article)

Kosta, Barbara “Employed Bodies: Female Servants in Works by Marieluise Fleisser, German Studies Review ISSN: 0149-7952, Vol. 15, No. 1 (Feb., 1992), pp. 47-63.

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

Mumford, Meg & Phipps,  Alison (2002) “Translating the strange, performing the peculiar: Marieluise Fleißer's Fegefeuer/Purgatory in Ingolstadt”, Studies in theatre and performance. ISSN: 1468-2761, 22:2, 69-81.

Thomson, Peter (ed, 2007, 2nd ed) The Cambridge Companion to Brecht. Cambridge: Cambridge UP. Please see Chapter 8: Fuegi, John “The Zelda Syndrome: Brecht and Elisabeth Hauptmann”

Woodrough, Elizabeth (ed, 1995) Women in European theatre ISBN: 1871516862 (pbk), London: Intellect.

Week 9)  Site specific peformance 

Kaye, N. (2013) Site-specific art : performance, place and documentation ISBN: 0415185599 (pbk.) : £16.99; 0415185580, London: Routledge.

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

Pearson, M. (2010) Site-specific performance ISBN: 9780230576711 (pbk.) : £16.99; 9780230576704 (hbk.) : £49.50; 0230576702 (hbk.) : £49.50; 0230576710 (pbk.) : £16.99, Palgrave Macmillan.

Smith, Phil. 2019 Making site-specific theatre and performance : a handbook ISBN: 9781352003239 hardcover; 1352003236 hardcover; 9781352003178 paperback; 1352003171 paperback, London: Red Globe Press.

Tompkins J. (2012) The ‘Place’ and Practice of Site-Specific Theatre and Performance. In: Birch A., Tompkins J. (eds) Performing Site Specific Theatre ISBN: 1137283491; 9781137283498. Performance Interventions. Palgrave Macmillan, London

Turner, C. (2004). Palimpsest or Potential Space? Finding a Vocabulary for Site-Specific Performance. New Theatre Quarterly,20(4), 373-390.  

Wilkie, F. (2012) Site-Specific Performance and the Mobility Turn, Contemporary theatre review. ISSN: 1048-6801 22(2), 203-212.

Wilkie, F. (2008). The Production of ‘Site’: Site‐Specific Theatre. In A Concise Companion to Contemporary British and Irish Drama (eds N. Holdsworth and M. Luckhurst).

Wilkie, F. (2002). Mapping the Terrain: A Survey of Site-Specific Performance in Britain. New Theatre Quarterly, 18(2), 140-160.

This list was last updated on 19/09/2019