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  1. Theatre in British Columbia (print)

    Theatre in British Columbia (print)

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    Volume 6 in the series Critical Perspectives in Canadian Theatre in English
    "The composite that emerges from the collage of the eighteen articles herein is, as I have indicated, off-centre and complex. It is also celebratory of off-centredness and complexity—of the edginess of the British Columbia play/playwright/ theatre company. These articles acknowledge political, social, and performative borders and examine British Columbia theatre from perspectives which pay tribute to the flouting of arbitrarily imposed restrictions." —from the introduction Learn More
  2. Theatre in Atlantic Canada (print)

    Theatre in Atlantic Canada (print)

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    Volume 16 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    Theatre in Atlantic Canada celebrates the artists, plays, theatre companies, and festivals of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, highlighting the social and political contexts of the theatre of this region. This collection of essays, dating from 1978 to 2009, demonstrates the invention, complexity, and vitality of the theatre of eastern Canada. Learn More
  3. Theatre in Alberta (print)

    Theatre in Alberta (print)

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    Volume 11 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    “Contemporary theatre in Alberta performs the cultural diversity of the province, playing against stereotypes of drought-ridden farmers, uncultured cowboys, and oil magnates. The critical reception of Alberta theatre reflects this wide range, as is evident in this collection—from detailed historical perspectives to complex theoretical analyses. However, it has only just begun to survey the vibrant, growing performance scene in the province.” —from the introduction Learn More
  4. Theatre Histories (print)

    Theatre Histories (print)

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    Volume 13 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    “Released from the ordinate systems that charted theatre history as a process of development in an evolving joint narrative of national culture and national repertoire, researchers have effectively inverted the premise that established their discipline. Instead of investigating how the nation has produced theatre, they ask instead how theatre produces the nation. The result has been a shift from macroscopic narratives to situated mappings of the cultural meanings of theatre.” —from the introduction Learn More
  5. Theatre and Performance in Toronto (print)

    Theatre and Performance in Toronto (print)

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    Volume 21 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    Gathers together for the first time a set of provocative critical essays that explore the development of Toronto as an important national and global site of cultural production. By highlighting a variety of strategies for reading theatre in Toronto, these essays ask timely questions about what it means to historicize performance in an urban context and how performance can serve as a useful lens for coming to terms with contemporary urban processes. They remind us that the specific cultural economies and ecologies of Toronto have not only been instrumental in shaping the identity of theatre in the city, but also that theatre and theatricality shape the way that Toronto’s civic identity is performed. Learn More
  6. Space and the Geographies of Theatre (print)

    Space and the Geographies of Theatre (print)

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    Volume 9 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    “The essays comprising this collection demonstrate a welcome diversity of critical interest and critical practice. …the contributions collected here demonstrate that Canadian theatre criticism has a healthy contribution to make to geographical investigations of theatre internationally. Geography is too important to be left to geographers, and Canadian theatre criticism shows why.” —from the introduction Learn More
  7. Solo Performance (print)

    Solo Performance (print)

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    Volume 20 in series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    Simultaneously both a very old device and also a relative newcomer, solo performance shifts the terms of the audience’s engagement with the fictional character. With only one performer on the stage, we are invited to pose the question, “Who is this person talking to?” And so, in that bid to address the audience directly, a different kind of relationship is formed between the audience and the character, between actual and fictional worlds. The essays in this collection examine the phenomenon of the solo play or monodrama from a range of perspectives to create a kind of collective portrait of the actor alone on stage. Learn More
  8. Sharon Pollock (print)

    Sharon Pollock (print)

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    Volume 10 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    “Since 1973 Sharon Pollock has written more than thirty plays for stage, radio, and television, acted and directed, served as artistic director in two of Canada's regional theatres, run her own community theatre, and mentored a generation of younger playwrights. She is an iconic figure in Canadian theatre, especially for women playwrights, and her international reputation as a leading English-language playwright continues to grow.” —from the introduction Learn More
  9. Queer Theatre in Canada (print)

    Queer Theatre in Canada (print)

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    Volume 7 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English
    “While the material presented in these articles may appear to be too diverse to allow us to come to any conclusion as to where Canadian English queer theatre is today, I hope that I have at least set out a path to follow from those first gay liberation plays to the complex interrogations of the intersections of sexualities and nationalities which seem to inform so much of the work.” —from the introduction Learn More
  10. Popular Political Theatre and Performance (print)

    Popular Political Theatre and Performance (print)

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    Volume 17 in the series Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English.
    This collection of new and previously published writing presents a range of artists and scholars grappling with questions about history, politics, and criticism in English Canadian popular theatre. These essays provide a variety of voices and approaches to creating politically engaged and aesthetically challenging theatre that is provocative in content and responsive to the times in which it is produced. Learn More

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