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Re: Performance Criticism
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0067.  Saturday, 4 February 1995.
 
(1)     From:   Ron Shields <
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        Date:   Thursday, 2 Feb 1995 09:38:23 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0064  Q: Performance Criticism
 
(2)     From:   Fran Teague <
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        Date:   Thursday, 02 Feb 95 10:59:01 EST
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(3)     From:   Daniel M Larner <
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        Date:   Friday, 3 Feb 1995 12:25:25 -0800 (PST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0064 Q: Performance Criticism
 
 
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From:           Ron Shields <
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Date:           Thursday, 2 Feb 1995 09:38:23 -0500
Subject: 6.0064  Q: Performance Criticism
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0064  Q: Performance Criticism
 
"Performance criticism" is alive and well in contemporary theatrical/
performance studies circles, as played out in the journals Text and Performance
Quarterly, The Drama Review, Theatre Journal, Performing Arts Journal, etc.
Two recent books which contain examples of recent efforts in this area:
Upstaging Big Daddy and Critical Theory and Performance (both published the the
University of Michigan).  In answer to your question, "Is Performance criticism
possible"--I would say yes--onstage, in the audience, and in print.
 
Ron Shields
Bowling Green State University
Chair and Associate Professor
Theatre
 
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Date:           Thursday, 02 Feb 95 10:59:01 EST
Subject: 6.0064  Q: Performance Criticism
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0064  Q: Performance Criticism
 
Performance criticism is a term that is used to mean a wide range of things,
from traditional performance history (e.g., Carol Carlisle, Arthur Colby
Sprague), records of performances used to discuss literary issues (Rosenberg),
anthropological/cultural studies use of performance (e.g., Schechner's work),
semiotic analysis (Elam), issues of dramaturgy (Styan or Beckerman), and so on
and so on. A good starting place for the study of Shakespeare performance
issues is the collection _Shakespeare and the Sense of Performance_ by Marvin
and Ruth Thompson (U Delaware). It has a historical survey of performance
criticism at the outset, essays from a wide variety of scholars, and an
appended list of suggested readings in Performance Criticism.  I hope you find
this information useful.
 
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From:           Daniel M Larner <
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Date:           Friday, 3 Feb 1995 12:25:25 -0800 (PST)
Subject: 6.0064 Q: Performance Criticism
Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0064 Q: Performance Criticism
 
For Jeff Nyhoff--:Look for the works of Richard Schechner, and review The Drama
Review and Performing Arts Journal for the last 10-15 years.
 
Hello, Jeff!
 
Daniel Larner
Fairhaven College
Western Washington University.
 

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