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Carnival Texts
Three plays for ensemble performance
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ISBN 9781841504162
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Published April 2011
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by James MacDonald
Books in Performing Arts
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Carnival Texts comprises three related dramatic works, all of which have as their point of departure Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of carnival, a literary style designed to subvert dominant assumptions through chaos and humour. Making creative use of post-Brechtian performance theory, these texts blur the distinction between spectator and performer in a fascinating exploration of physical, moral, and cultural upheaval in a postmodern age. Performance theory is crucial to understanding how performance affects collective understanding, and this book will be of interest to a broad range of students of drama and theatre.

Part of the Playtext series
Chapter titles
PART ONE: TEXTS
Strangers To Paradise
Brides, Bombs and Boardrooms
Fete
PART TWO: ESSAYS
Fear into Laughter
James MacDonald
Bodies in Pain: Realism and the Subversion of Spectacle in Brides, Bombs and Boardrooms
John Lutz
Blowing Up the Nation: Vulnerability and Violence in James MacDonald’s Post-national England
Jessica O’Hara
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