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Author: Megan Lewis Narrator: Megan Lewis Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Recorded Seminar Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Modern Scholar Series Release Date: October 2013 ISBN: 9781470370459
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All the world is a stage, Shakespeare tells us, and we are all its players. In fact, since the dawn of human history, we find evidence of theater and performance. And throughout that history, this unique art form has flourished. In this engaging series of lectures, theater historian Megan Lewis takes listeners on a journey from the ancient world of the Greeks and Romans to the modern era as she explores how theater—a live event that synthesizes many other art forms and disciples in a collaborative process of storytelling—entertains, educates, and inspires us, as well as helps build community and reflect society.

Dr. Lewis begins by mapping the ancient origins of performance, as a communal storytelling and mythmaking endeavor, while she discusses the traditional birthplace of theatre in ancient Greece as well as its African predecessors. Subsequent lectures explore the classical origins of theatre in the West; the Roman theater; theater in the medieval world; the national theaters of Shakespeare and Lope de Vega; the Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Restoration periods; as well as non-Western performance traditions in Asia, Africa, and India. In addition, physical theaters such as the Italian Commedia dell’arte and Japanese Bunraku puppetry are examined. Covering performances that make-believe and those that make belief, Professor Lewis also passionately discusses the art, politics, and meaning of theater and how it offers humans a space in which to imagine new realities and suggest different possibilities—or to incite action and bring about social change.

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About the Author

Dr. Megan Lewis is a South African American theater, performance, and film scholar concerned with the staging of national identity, gender, and race in a variety of performance media, including monuments and public pageants, traditional staged texts, and documentary and narrative films. She is an assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.