TD 301 Jan18 - 1-18-08 Theatre studies Broad field...

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1-18-08 Theatre studies Broad field encompassing many different kinds of plays, both ones that happen in theatre and ones outside theatres Done by scholars, artists, and scholars/artists Concerned with what and how plays mean in their particular contexts Interested in how plays both SHAPE and REFLECT culture(s) Overlaps with performance studies Performance Studies “All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances; And one man in his time plays many parts…” --William Shakespeare, Playwright “All the world is not, of course, a stage, but the crucial ways in which it isn’t are not easy to specify.” --Erving Goffman, sociologist Not a discipline BUT instead: an “interdiscipline” At the heart of it, combines theatre and anthropology (study of humans) Both theatre and anthropology are perspectives on how cultures express themselves Emerged in last third of the 20 th
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