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Theatre, education and the making of meanings

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By Anthony Jackson

Theatre, education and the making of meanings
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  • ISBN: 9780719065422
  • Publish Date: Oct 2007
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6542-2
    • Pages: 320
    • Price: £80.00
    • Published Date: October 2007

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    This book is a study of theatre's educational role during the 20th and the first years of the 21st centuries. It examines the variety of ways the theatre's educational potential has been harnessed and theorised, the claims made for its value and the tension bettween theatre as education and theatre as 'art': between theatre's aesthetic dimenstion and the 'utilitarian' or 'instrumental' role for which it has so often been pressed into service.

    Following a preliminary discussion of some key theoretical approaches to aesthetics, dramatic art and learning and, above all, the relationships between them, the study is organised into two broad chronological periods: early developments in European and American theatre up to the end of World War II, and participatory theatre and education since World War II. Within each period, a cluster of key themes is introduced and then re-visited and examined through a number of specific examples - seen within their cultural contexts - in subsequent chapters. Topics covered include an early use of theatre to campaign for prison reform; workers' theatre, agit-prop and American living newspapers in the 1930s; theatre's response to the dropping of the atom bomb in 1945; post-war theatre in education; theatre in prisons; and the use of performance in historic sites.

    Contents

    LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS, DIAGRAMS AND TABLES
    INTRODUCTION
    Chapter 1. Theatre, Learning and the Aesthetic Dimension. Preliminary perspectivesEARLY WARNINGS: THEATRE TO 1947
    Chapter 2. Prelude: New Drama, new audiences
    Chapter 3. Agitating the audience: Theatre, propaganda and education: Radical n the 1930s
    Chapter 4. Theatre and the challenge of Science, 1936-37
    POST-WAR: THEATRE, LEARNING & PARTICIPATION
    Chapter 5. Participatory Theatre: Audience participation and aesthetic distance
    Chapter 6. Participatory Theatre: Positioning the audience - framing the dramaChapter 7. Creative Gaps: the Didactic and the Dialogic
    Chapter 8. Targets and Outcomes - and Playfulness
    Chapter 9. Inter-acting with the Past
    AFTERWORD
    BIBLIOGRAPHY & OTHER SOURCES

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    Anthony Jackson is Professor of Educational Theatre at the University of Manchester

    Theatre, education and the making of meanings

    By Anthony Jackson

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