Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 53. Sunday, 31 January 1993.
Date: Sunday, 31 Jan 93 09:49:46 PST
Subject: Re: Impossibility of Performance Criticism
Comment: SHK 4.0051 Re: Impossibility of Performance Criticism
I don't see any theoretical difference between performance criticism and any
other kind. After all, any production of a play is based on a reading of a
text, and if such a reading cannot be performed, then obviously it is a wrong
reading. This applies to discussions of themes, emphases, and so forth in
particular texts rather than to post modern forms of theoretical criticism. In
a sense performance criticism is new criticism under another name.