Carnival Texts (Book)

Three Plays for Ensemble Performance

This book comprises three related dramatic works, all of which use Russian theorist Mikhail Bakhtin's concept of carnival, a literary style designed to subvert dominant assumptions through chaos and humour. The texts blur the distinction between spectator and performer in an exploration of physical, moral and cultural upheaval in a postmodern age.

Series: Playtext

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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.

James MacDonald is a playwright whose work is regularly staged in the United Kingdom. He is an honorary fellow of the drama department at the University of Exeter.

Preface

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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