The Radical in Performance: Between Brecht and Baudrillard

by Baz Kershaw

Routledge | September 8, 1999 | Trade Paperback |

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The Radical in Performanceinvestigates the crisis in contemporary theatre, and celebrates the subversive in performance. It is the first full-length study to explore the link between a western theatre which, says Kershaw, is largely outdated and the blossoming of postmodern performance, much of which has a genuinely radical edge. In staying focused on the period between Brecht and Baudrillard, modernity and postmodernism, Baz Kershaw identifies crucial resources for the revitalisation of the radical across a wide spectrum of cultural practices.
This is a timely, necessary and rigorous book. It will be a compelling read for anyone searching for a critical catalyst for new ways of viewing and practising cultural politics.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: September 8, 1999

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415186684

ISBN - 13: 9780415186681

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The Radical in Performance: Between Brecht and Baudrillard

by Baz Kershaw

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 0.79 in

Published: September 8, 1999

Publisher: Routledge

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0415186684

ISBN - 13: 9780415186681

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The Radical in Performanceinvestigates the crisis in contemporary theatre, and celebrates the subversive in performance. It is the first full-length study to explore the link between a western theatre which, says Kershaw, is largely outdated and the blossoming of postmodern performance, much of which has a genuinely radical edge. In staying focused on the period between Brecht and Baudrillard, modernity and postmodernism, Baz Kershaw identifies crucial resources for the revitalisation of the radical across a wide spectrum of cultural practices.
This is a timely, necessary and rigorous book. It will be a compelling read for anyone searching for a critical catalyst for new ways of viewing and practising cultural politics.

From Our Editors

According to Baz Kershaw, British theatre is at a crossroads between modern and postmodern realms. The latter promises a more radical edge. In The Radical in Performance, the author studies the consequences of this radical edge to the theatre. He broadens his view by comparing this with other cultural practices.

Editorial Reviews

"Kershaw''s project is complex and broad-ranging.."
-"Research in Drama Education, 2001
..."this serves as a useful synthesis of contemporary cultural theory and its modernist, and post-structuralist, antecedents.."
-"Research in Drama Education, 2001
"This is a charged, interesting book. It is radical in its scope, ambition and coverage. Ultimately, it confirms the dilemma faced by so many drama teachers-------how to develop work with students that is resistant and transformational and yet contained within the oppresive disciplines and ideologies of institutionalised schooling. "Research in Drama Education."
2001
"This book''s historical purview (1960s-''90s) and earnest radical perspective match those in Kershaw''s The Politics of Performance (CH, Jan''93). He is still fighting the good fight of his postwar British generation. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."
-"Choice, Apr 2000
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