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Visuality in the theatre: the locus of looking

Visuality in the theatre: the locus of looking

Bleeker, Maaike

Linking theoretical discussions to case studies of performances, the author examines the terrain of visuality, demonstrating the use of new theoretical insights into vision for the analysis of theatre and performance

Hardback, Book. English.
Published Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008
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Statement of responsibility: Maaike Bleeker
ISBN: 0230547095, 9780230547094
Intended audience: Specialized.
Note: Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-221) and index.
Physical Description: xiii, 228 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Series: Performance interventions
Subject: Theater audiences Psychology.; Theaters Stage-setting and scenery Psychological aspects.; Visual communication.; Theatre; Theater Philosophy.; Visual perception.


  1. Perspective and the Paradox of Post-Dramatic Subjectivity 'Step Inside': Absorption, Focalisation and the Subject of Vision Plato's Theatre Navel Gazing as Critical Practice Retheatricalizing Sexuality in the Field of Vision Disorders that Consciousness Can Produce Death, Digitalization and Dys-Appearance Theatre at the Threshold of the Visible World Visions of Cultural Difference


'This study by Dutch theatre and performance scholar Maaike Bleeker is an important work. Its subject - visuality within theatre and performance studies - is new and in many respects Bleeker is quite literally defining a field. Her book provides critical and theoretical tools with which to analyse and better understand postdramatic theatre as part of today's visual culture.' - Professor Christopher Balme, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich

'The book's major contribution is to use theories of vision to track the mid-twentieth century shift from the avant-garde sublation of art and the everyday to a postmodern, deconstructive method a step towards addressing a curious oversight in theatre and performance studies: the absence of a convincing account of what we do when we look at events in the theatre.'- Dominic Johnson, Queen Mary University of London, Theatre Research International