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Carlson, Marvin 1935-

Works: 95 works in 489 publications in 7 languages and 17,948 library holdings
Genres: History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Biography  Dictionaries  Biographies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, 070, Author of introduction
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Most widely held works about Marvin Carlson
Most widely held works by Marvin Carlson
Speaking in tongues : language at play in the theatre by Marvin Carlson( )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 2,028 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Speaking in Tongues presents a unique account of how language has been employed in the theatre, not simply as a means of communication but also as a stylistic and formal device, and for a number of cultural and political operations. The use of multiple languages in the contemporary theatre is in part a reflection of a more globalized culture, but it also calls attention to how the mixing of language has always been an important part of the functioning of theatre." "The book begins by investigating various "levels" of language - high and low style, prose and poetry - and the ways in which these have been used historically to mark social positions and relationships. It next considers some of the political and historical implications of dialogue theatre, as well as theatre that literally employs several languages, from classical Greek examples to the postmodern era. Carlson treats with special attention the theatre of the postcolonial world, and especially the triangulation of the local language, the national language, and the colonial language, drawing on examples of theatre in the Caribbean, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. Finally, Carlson considers the layering of languages in the theatre, such as the use of supertitles or simultaneous signing." "Speaking in Tongues draws important social and political conclusions about the role of language in cultural power, making a vital contribution to the fields of theatre and performance."--Jacket
Theatre is more beautiful than war : German stage directing in the late twentieth century by Marvin Carlson( )

11 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 1,753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Peter Stein -- Peter Zadek -- Claus Peymann -- Andrea Breth -- Frank Castorf and the Volksbühne -- Christoph Marthaler and Anna Viebrock -- Michael Thalheimer -- Thomas Ostermeier -- Stefan Pucher
Theories of the theatre : a historical and critical survey from the Greeks to the present by Marvin Carlson( Book )

51 editions published between 1984 and 2000 in English and held by 1,680 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Performance : a critical introduction by Marvin Carlson( Book )

67 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 6 languages and held by 1,317 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book provides an overview of the modern concept of performance and how it has developed in various fields. Topics discussed include the evolution of performance art since the 1960s and performance in society
Voltaire and the theatre of the eighteenth century by Marvin Carlson( )

8 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 1,147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Born in the final years of the seventeenth century, and dying a decade before the beginning of the French Revolution, Voltaire was a quintessential figure of the eighteenth century, so much so that this era is sometimes called the Age of Voltaire. At a time when French culture dominated Europe, Voltaire dominated French culture. His influence was broad and powerful, and he made major contributions to almost every sphere of intellectual activity, including the sciences, trade and commerce, politics, and especially the arts. Despite the astonishing range of his literary activities, the theatre occupied a central position in his life from the beginning of his career to its close. His first and last literary triumphs were plays, the first written when he was only 17, the last completed when he was 84. He created a total of 56, and there was rarely a time in his life when he was not working on a theatrical script. At the end of his career, his works were produced more frequently on the French stage than those of any other serious dramatist and served as models for aspiring young playwrights throughout Europe.''Written by a leading authority on French theatre and culture in the eighteenth century, this book traces the theatrical career of Voltaire from his college days through his final works. The most influential dramatist of the period, he successfully wrote in a number of genres, including tragedy, comedy, opera, comic opera, and court spectacle. His theatrical biography involves all aspects of acting and staging in amateur and society theatre as well as on major professional stages and performances at court. His extended visits to England and Germany are covered in chapters that also provide an introduction to the theatre in those countries, and his international interests and correspondence provide insights into the eighteenth century theatre in places such as Italy, Russia, and Denmark. Due to his literally life-long concern with the theatre, his dominance in this art, and his reputation and involvement with the theatre outside France, Voltaire's theatrical biography is also in large measure a chronicle of the European stage of the eighteenth century
The theatre of the French Revolution by Marvin Carlson( Book )

33 editions published between 1966 and 1970 in 3 languages and held by 1,110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dictionary of the theatre : terms, concepts, and analysis by Patrice Pavis( )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2008 in English and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This encyclopedic dictionary includes theoretical, technical, and semiotic terms and concepts. Alphabetical entries range from 'absurd' to 'word scenery' and treat the reader to a vast panoply of theatre and theory. The extended discussions are supported by useful examples drawn from the international repertoire of plays and playwrights, both classic and contemporary." "This dictionary is remarkably well integrated, partly because of its excellent system of cross-referencing, but also because it represents the vision and scholarship of a single, recognized authority. There is no other source like it available and it will be warmly welcomed by the English-language theatre world."--Jacket
Places of performance : the semiotics of theatre architecture by Marvin Carlson( Book )

22 editions published between 1989 and 2002 in English and Arabic and held by 733 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Carlson explores how the design of theatre buildings and their location within the city reflect society's attitudes and concerns. The text cites examples from the Renaissance to the present
The haunted stage : the theatre as memory machine by Marvin Carlson( Book )

24 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and Spanish and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Using examples from theatrical cultures and performances around the world and from classical times to the contemporary, The Haunted Stage explores the ways in which theatre reuses material, both physical and narrative, and how this process relates to theatrical reception. Any regular theatregoer is familiar with the effect of a performance calling to mind the actor's previous performances in earlier productions. Sometimes this reinforces the impression the production is seeking to give, and other times it distracts, but the ghost in the memory of the spectator in either case crucially informs the process of reception."--Jacket
The French stage in the nineteenth century by Marvin Carlson( Book )

9 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Goethe and the Weimar theatre by Marvin Carlson( Book )

12 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 577 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The German stage in the nineteenth century by Marvin Carlson( Book )

7 editions published in 1972 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Theatre semiotics : signs of life by Marvin Carlson( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1993 in English and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Italian stage from Goldoni to D'Annunzio by Marvin Carlson( Book )

11 editions published between 1980 and 1981 in English and French and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Shattering Hamlet's mirror : theatre and reality by Marvin Carlson( Book )

9 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Theatrical playing, Hamlet famously averred, holds a mirror up to nature. But unlike the reflections in the mirror, the theater's images are composed of real objects, most notably bodies, that have an independent existence outside the world of reflection. Throughout Western theater history there have been occasions when the reality behind the illusion was placed on display. In recent years theaters in Europe and North America have begun calling attention to the real in their work--presenting performers who did not create characters and who may not even have been actors, but who appeared on stage as themselves; texts created not by dramatic authors but drawn from real life; and real environments sometimes shared by actors and performers and containing real elements accessible to both. These practices, argues Marvin Carlson, constitute a major shift in the practical and phenomenological world of theater, and a turning away from mimesis, which has been at the heart of the theater since Aristotle. Shattering Hamlet's Mirror: Theatre and Reality examines recent and contemporary work by such groups as Rimini Protokoll, Societas Raffaelo Sanzio, the Gob Squad, Nature Theatre of Oklahoma, and Foundry Theatre, while revealing the deep antecedents of today's theater, placing it in useful historical perspective. While many may consider it a post-postmodern phenomenon, the "theater of the real," as it turns out, has very deep roots" -- From the publisher
Theatre : a very short introduction by Marvin Carlson( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 357 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Encompassing puppetry, mime, street theatre, farce, and melodrama, theatre is an enduring and varied popular art form. From its historical roots in Ancient Greece and Rome, through Medieval Japan and Europe, as well as America and beyond, Marvin Carlson considers how theatre and its different forms have evolved and been experienced, interpreted, and enjoyed over the centuries and up to the present day. This Very Short Introduction also looks at the roles that theatre artists play - from the actor and director to the designer and the theatre owner, and asks what theatre has meant, and still means, to audiences around the world. -- from cover
The Italian Shakespearians : performances by Ristori, Salvini, and Rossi in England and America by Marvin Carlson( Book )

7 editions published in 1985 in English and held by 341 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Deathtraps : the postmodern comedy thriller by Marvin Carlson( Book )

7 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 306 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theatres of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia : performance traditions of the Maghreb by Khālid Amīn( Book )

16 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Modern international studies of world theatre and drama have begun to acknowledge the Arab world only after the contributions of Asia, Africa and Latin America. Within the Arab world, the contributions of Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco to modern drama and to post-colonial expression remain especially neglected, a problem that this book addresses"--
Changing the subject : Marvin Carlson and theatre studies, 1959-2009( Book )

4 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The new field of theatre studies changed rapidly in the post-World War II, post-Sputnik expansion of higher education, driven by the expressive urgencies of the baby boom and the ferment of the revolutionary 1960s. Internationally focused, communicatively multilingual, and culturally provocative, theatre lent itself particularly well to the agendas of many constituencies, some of them violently opposed, in the arts and politics. The remarkable career of one theatre scholar has mapped the issues, ideas, and methods of this emerging discipline during the most fertile period of its formation. Marvin Carlson's distinguished record of scholarship includes fifteen books and more than a hundred articles on the Western European and Arabic-speaking stages; he has also been a prolific translator, editor, and reviewer and has taught and inspired generations of students, many of whom have become major scholars in their own right. Changing the Subject collects newly commissioned essays by eminent scholars to create a casebook on the changes in the field over the past fifty years. The elegant construction of this innovative collection allows readers to race the evolution of major paradigms in theatre studies (including the drive to document historic performances, the rise of radical theatres and theatre artists, the application of theory to the field, and the birth of performance studies) while they simultaneously follow Marvin Carlson's development as a scholar, teacher, and mentor."--Jacket
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Speaking in tongues : language at play in the theatre
Theatre is more beautiful than war : German stage directing in the late twentieth centuryTheories of the theatre : a historical and critical survey from the Greeks to the presentPerformance : a critical introductionVoltaire and the theatre of the eighteenth centuryDictionary of the theatre : terms, concepts, and analysisPlaces of performance : the semiotics of theatre architectureThe haunted stage : the theatre as memory machineDeathtraps : the postmodern comedy thrillerChanging the subject : Marvin Carlson and theatre studies, 1959-2009
Alternative Names
Carlson, Marvin.

Carlson Marvin 1935-....

Carlson Marvin A.

Carlson, Marvin A. 1935-

Carlson, Marvin Albert

Carlson, Marvin Albert 1935-

Marvin Carlson American specialist in literature and theatrologist

Marvin Carlson Amerikaans specialist in literatuur

Marvin Carlson US-amerikanischer Theaterwissenschaftler

كارلسون، مارفين أ.، 1935-

مارفن أ. كارلسون، 1935-