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Interpreting the Theatrical Past Reading




Thomas Postlewait, The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Historiography (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009)

Thomas Postlewait & Bruce A. McConachie, Interpreting the Theatrical Past: Essays in the Historiography of Performance (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 1989)



Christopher Balme, The Cambridge Introduction to Theatre Studies Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008 (Chapter 6 ‘Theatre Historiography’)

Peter Burke, What is Cultural History (Cambridge: Polity Press, 1988)

J. S. Bratton, New Readings in Theatre History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003)

Charlotte Canning & Tom Postlewait (eds.), Representing the Past: Essays in Performance Historiography (Iowa: University of Iowa Press, 2010)

Claire Cochrane & Jo Robinson, Theatre History and Historiography: Ethics, Evidence and Truth (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016).

Geoffrey Cubitt, History and Memory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2007)

Jim Davis (with Gilli Bush-Bailey, Jackie Bratton & Kati Normington), ‘Research Methods in Theatre History’ in Baz Kershaw & Helen Nicholson, eds., Research Methods in Theatre and Performance (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2011).

Anthony Jackson and Jenny Kidd, eds., Performing Heritage: Research, practice and innovation in museum theatre and live interpretation (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2012).

Keith Jenkins, Re-thinking History (London: Routledge, 1991, reprinted, 2003)

Thomas Postlewait, ‘History, Hermeneutics and Narratvity’ in Janellele G. Reinelt & Joseph R. Roach, eds., Critical Theory and Performance Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1992)

Thomas Postlewait, ‘Writing Theatre History Today’, Theatre Survey 41:2 (November 2000), pp. 83-106.

Joseph Roach, Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996).

Diana Taylor, The Archive and the Repertoire: Performing Cultural Memory in the Americas (Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2003)

Theatre Survey 48:1 (2007) – special issue on theatre history and historiography

W. B. Worhen with Peter Holland, eds., Theorizing Practice: Redefining Theatre History (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2003)

Richard Schoch, Writing the History of the British Stage 1660-1900 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016)

David Wiles & Christine Dymkowski, eds., The Cambridge Companion to Theatre History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013)


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