Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance (Paperback)
  • Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance (Paperback)
zoom

Eroticism and Death in Theatre and Performance (Paperback)

(editor)
£18.99
Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 10/10/2010
  • We can order this from the publisher

Usually dispatched within 10 working days

  • This item has been added to your basket
Eros and Death are the two central drives and compulsions of the human psyche, and their dynamic interconnectedness has been pervasive in the formation of Western thought and culture. The essays brought together in this collection offer new perspectives on the eros/death relation in a wide selection of dramatic texts, theatrical practices and cultural performances. Topics explored range from Greek tragedy, Shakespearean theatre, the work of Georg Buchner, Bertolt Brecht, the kiss of death in opera, the theatricality of Parisian culture, to the performance of conjuring, contemporary British drama, body art, the live performances of Nick Cave and erotic encounters in One to One performances. Many of the essays locate their discussions of erotic desire and death as opposed and entwining passions in specific cultural-historical contexts and provide a sense of how drama and theatre reflect and influence changing attitudes towards sexuality and death. As well as offering particular historical perspectives, the collection contains essays that engage with contemporary dramatic writing and experimental theatre/performance practice, such as the drama of Howard Barker, the performance work of La Fura dels Baus, and the explicit body performances of Ron Athey. Various ways of eroticising death in theatre and through performance are addressed, as well as the question of whether there is something intrinsically theatrical about our encounters with the ultimately unknowable nature of sexual desire and our relation to death. The book combines theoretically informed criticism (drawing on psychoanalytical and philosophical models by Freud, Bataille, Lacan, A iA ek, Lingis and others) with detailed text and performance analysis, giving a sense of the powerful appeal which death and the erotic exert on the human imagination. The collection contains essay contributions by dramatists David Rudkin, Dic Edwards, David Ian Rabey and an Afterword by Howard Barker.

Publisher: University of Hertfordshire Press
ISBN: 9781902806921
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 15 mm

You may also be interested in...

Romeo and Juliet
Added to basket
Blood Brothers
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
A View from the Bridge
Added to basket
Hamlet: The Oxford Shakespeare
Added to basket
Shakespeare
Added to basket
£8.99
Paperback
Hamlet
Added to basket
£7.99
Paperback
"Twelfth Night"
Added to basket
"A Doll's House"
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Antigone
Added to basket
£10.99
Paperback
Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare)
Added to basket
The Three Theban Plays
Added to basket
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Added to basket

Please sign in to write a review

Your review has been submitted successfully.