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The Contested Parterre
Public Theater and French Political Culture, 1680–1791
Jeffrey S. Ravel
In the playhouses of eighteenth-century France, clerks and students, soldiers and merchants, and the occasional aristocrat stood in the pit, while the majority of the elite sat in loges. These denizens of the parterre, who accounted for up...



Camera Obscura
Of Ideology
Sarah Kofman
Marx, Freud, Nietzsche—in vastly different ways all three employed the metaphor of the camera obscura in their work. In this classic book—at last available in an English translation—the distinguished French philosopher Sarah Kofman offers an extended...



The Medieval Theater of Cruelty
Rhetoric, Memory, Violence
Jody Enders
Why did medieval dramatists weave so many scenes of torture into their plays? Exploring the cultural connections among rhetoric, law, drama, literary creation, and violence, Jody Enders addresses an issue that has long troubled students of the...



Paris 1937
Worlds on Exhibition
James D. Herbert
This elegant and theoretically informed book, illustrated with forty-five photographs, explores the cultural significance of six exhibitions or new museum installations, all opening in Paris between mid-1937 and early 1938: the commercially oriented...



Performing Women
Female Characters, Male Playwrights, and the Modern Stage
Gay Gibson Cima



Sbek Thom
Khmer Shadow Theater
Pech Tum Kravel
A book studying the history and significance of shadow puppet theater in Cambodia. Khmer and English texts, as well as 153 full-page photographs, describe the Khmer Reamker, an ancient story whose episodes and characters have figured in...



A Study of Sophoclean Drama
G. M. Kirkwood
This book shows how Sophocles' method of presenting character, his unique handling of myth, his predilection for presenting ideas by comparison and contrast, and his principles of structure are so closely related that they serve to clarify each other.



Stranded Objects
Mourning, Memory, and Film in Postwar Germany
Eric L. Santner



Theories of the Theatre
A Historical and Critical Survey, from the Greeks to the Present
Marvin Carlson
Beginning with Aristotle and the Greeks and ending with semiotics and post-structuralism, Theories of the Theatre is the first comprehensive survey of Western dramatic theory. In this expanded edition the author has updated the book and added a new...



The Body Embarrassed
Drama and the Disciplines of Shame in Early Modern England
Gail Kern Paster
Men and women in early modern Europe experienced their bodies very differently from the ways in which contemporary men and women do. In this challenging and innovative book, Gail Kern Paster examines representations of the body in...



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