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The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science

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TITLE
The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science
AUTHORS

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

Dan Rebellato

Jane R. Goodall

Carina Bartleet

Carl Lavery

Una Chaudhuri

Joshua Williams

Stanton B. Garner

Fintan Walsh

Jon Venn

Mike Vanden Heuvel

Michael Carklin

Rhonda Blair

Amy Cook

Frederique Ait-Touati

SYNOPSIS

The Cambridge Companion to Theatre and Science gives readers a sense of a dynamic field, using detailed analyses of plays and performances covering a wide range of areas including climate change and the environment, technology, animal studies, disease and contagion, mental health, and performance and cognition. Identifying historical tendencies that have dominated theatre’s relationship with science, the volume traces many periods of theatre history across a wide geographical range.

AVAILABILITY
Available
YEAR
2020
ISBN
978-1-108-70098-6
TYPOLOGY
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PUBLISHER
Cambridge University Press
biography

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr is an academic specialising in Victorian and modern English literature, the interaction between science and literature, and theatre studies, especially science in theatre. In 2015, she was appointed a Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Oxford.

After completing a BA in English at Yale University, she worked in publishing for two years before completing a Master of Arts programme at the University of Oslo, funded by a Fulbright Grant, and then a PhD in English at the University of Oxford. She taught at North Carolina State University, the University of Pennsylvania, the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and the University of Birmingham, before taking up a post at Oxford in 2007 as a fellow and tutor at St Catherine’s College.

More information: www.english.ox.ac.ukscholar.google.comjournals.openedition.orgwww.researchgate.net and en.wikipedia.org

 


Introduction

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

1 – Objectivity and Observation

Dan Rebellato

2 – Staging Consciousness

Metaphor as Thought Experiment in McBurney’s Beware of Pity

Jane R. Goodall

 

3 – The Experimental/Experiential Stage

Extreme States of Being of and Knowing in the Theatre

Carina Bartleet

 

4 – A Cave, a Skull, and a Little Piece of Grit

Theatre in the Anthropocene

Carl Lavery

5 – The Play at the End of the World

Deke Weaver’s Unreliable Bestiary and the Theatre of Extinction

Una ChaudhuriJoshua Williams

6 – Bodies of Knowledge

Theatre and Medical Science

Stanton B. Garner

7 – Pathogenic Performativity

Urban Contagion and Fascist Affect

Fintan Walsh

8 – Theatres of Mental Health

Jon Venn

9 – Devised Theatre and the Performance of Science

Mike Vanden Heuvel

10 – Theatre and Science as Social Intervention

Michael Carklin

11 – Acting and Science

Rhonda Blair

12 – Staging Cognition

How Performance Shows Us How We Think

Amy Cook

13 – Clouds and Meteors

Recreating Wonder on the Early Modern Stage

Frederique Ait-Touati

14 – ‘The Stage Hand’s Lament’

Scenography, Technology, and Off-Stage Labour

Kirsten E. Shepherd-Barr

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