HS 835: Performance Theory and Praxis

Within intercultural, historical perspective drama/theatre/performance texts will be studied to develop `global` perspective.  Creative as well as critical material from multiple traditions of modern and post-modern drama will be examined in order to understand future role of these forms.  Recent creative experiments will be critiqued in order to assess the significance of this mode of `public reflexivity` which thrives on human presence as opposed to art forms that are mediated through communication technologies.

Texts/References

Richard Schechner:  Performance Studies: An Introduction.  Routledge, London, 2002. 

Farley Richmond, Swann and Zarrilli (eds.): Indian Theatre: Traditions of Performance.  Motilal Banarsidass, Delhi, 1993. 

Manjula Padmanabhan : Harvest, Kali for Women, New Delhi, 1998. 

Peter Brook (Tr):  The Mahabharata: A Play Based upon the Indian Classic Epic.  Harper and Row, New York, 1987. 

Prafulla C. Kar (ed.):  Critical Theory: Western and Indian.  Pencraft International, Delhi, 1997.