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Practising the Real on the Contemporary Stage

An analysis of reality and "the real" as presented in contemporary artistic creation, Practising the Real on the Contemporary Stage examines the responses given by performing arts to the importance placed on reality beyond representation. This book proposes four historic itineraries defined by the ways in which the issue of the real is addressed: the representation of visible reality and its paradoxes, the place of the real on the lived body, the limits placed on representation by experiences of pain and death, and those practices that denounce the real. Practising the Real on the Contemporary Stage will be warmly welcomed by scholars of aesthetics and contemporary artistic practice. 

192 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2014

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents



Reality and the Visible

Real and Virtual

The Irruption of the Real

Iconoclastic Theatre

At the Limits of Representation


History and Memory

The Performance of Others

The Real is Relational

Essayism and Representation

Conclusion: Theatre and Reality

Appendix: Ethics of Representation



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