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Artaud, Antonin (1958) The Theatre and Its Double, trans. Mary Caroline Richards (New York, NY: Grove Press)

Barclay, Julia Lee (2009) Apocryphal Theatre: practicing philosophies, Ph.D. thesis, Northampton, UK: University of Northampton.

Barthes, Roland (1977) Image Music Text, trans. Stephen Heath, London: Fontana Press.

Bennett, Michael (2012) Words, Space, and the Audience: The Theatrical Tension between Empiricism and Rationalism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan)

Bentley, Eric (1946) The Playwright as Thinker: A Study of Drama in Modern Times. 4th ed. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2010.

Berger, John (1984) and our faces, my heart, brief as photos. New York: Random House

Berleant, Arnold (1970) The Aesthetic Field:  A Phenomenology of Aesthetic Experience (Springfield, Ill.:  C. C. Thomas) - second (electronic) edition, with a new Preface, 2000)

Bleeker, Maaike (2009) ‘Thinking through Theatre’ in Deleuze and Performance, ed. Laura Cull, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 147-160.

Blau, Herbert (1980) ‘Theatre and History: A Conspiracy Theory’, Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-24

Burke, Kenneth. The Grammar of Motives. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Burke, Kenneth. The Rhetoric of Motives. Berkeley: University of California Press.1969

Brustein, Robert (1961) The Theatre of Revolt: An Approach to the Modern Drama. Boston: Little, 1964.

Cage, John (1973) Silence, London: Calder and Boyars.

Carson, Anne (2005) Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf)

Chaikin, Joseph (1984) Presence of the Actor, New York: Atheneum

Cull, Laura (2012) Performance Philosophy: The philosophical turn in Performance Studies (and a non-philosophical turn in Philosophy), Performance-Philosophy_CSSD_paper.pdf, unpublished conference paper at Performing Research: Creative Exchanges,Central School of Speech and Drama, London, UK, 19-20 January 2012

------------- (2012) ‘Performance as Philosophy: Responding to the Problem of “Application”’, Theatre Research International, Vol. 37: 1 (February 2012), pp. 20-27

Diderot, Denis (1957) The Paradox of Acting (New York: Hill and Wang)

Esslin, Martin (1961) The Theatre of the Absurd. 3rd ed. New York: Vintage, 2004.

Freeman, John (2007) New Performance/New Writing. Hampshire: Palgrave.

------------------ (2010) Blood, Sweat & Theory: Research Through Practice in Performance. Oxford: Libri.

------------------ (ed.) (2011) The Greatest Shows on Earth: World Theatre from Peter Brook to the Sydney Olympics. Oxford: Libri.

Foreman, Richard (1975) ‘Ontological-Hysteric Theatre: Third Manifesto’, The Drama Review: TDR, Vol.19, No.4, pp. 71-81

---------------------- (1992) Unbalancing Acts: Foundations for a Theater, New York: Theatre Communications Group

Gobert, R. Darren. (2013) The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford, CA: Stanford UP.

Golub, Spencer (2001) Infinity (Stage) (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press)

Grotowski, Jerzy (1984) Towards a Poor Theatre, ed. Eugenio Barba, London: Methuen

Hamilton, James R. (2007) The Art of Theater, Blackwell Publishing

Harper, Adam (2011) Infinite Music (Winchester: Zero Books)

Harris, Brent and O'Connor, Maria (2015) Posteering (Christchurch, NZ: The Physics Room and The School of Art + Design, Auckland University of Technology, in association with M/K Press) http://physicsroom.org.nz/publications/posteering

Johnston, Daniel (2004) 'Manual Metaphysics: Philosophy and Theatre', Philament: an online journal of the arts and culture, issue 4, available at:http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/publications/philament/issue4_Commentary_Johnston.htm

Jordan, Peter (2001) ‘The materiality of shamanism as a “world-view”: Praxis, artefacts and landscape’, in Price, N. (ed.) The Archaeology of Shamanism (London and New York: Routledge), pp. 187-205

Kantor, Tadeusz (1993) A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990, ed. and trans. Michael Kobialka, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press.

Kirkkopelto, Esa (2008) Le Théâtre De L'expérience - Contributions À La Théorie De La Scène (Paris: Sorbonne)

Kottman, Paul A. (2007) A Politics of the Scene (Stanford: Stanford University Press)

Krasner, David and Saltz, David (ed.) (2006) Staging Philosophy: Intersections of Theater, Performance and Philosophy (Michigan: University of Michigan Press)

Lagaay, Alice (2001) Metaphysics of Performance: Performance, Performativity and the Relation Between Theatre and Philosophy (Berlin: Logos Verlag)

Ley, Graham (Autumn 2000) ‘Aristotle’s Poetics, Bharatamuni’s Natyasastra, and Zeami’s Treatises: Theory as Discourse’, Asian Theatre Journal, Vol. 17, No.2, pp. 191-214

Melrose, Susan (2005) ‘Words Fail Me’, keynote address, Centre for Performance Research:www.sfmelrose.u-net.com/wordsfailme

______ (2005a) ‘Out of Words’, keynote address, Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music: www.sfmelrose.u-net.com/outofwords

Miller, Barbara Stoler (ed.) (1984) Theater of Memory: The Plays of Kalidasa (New York, NY: Columbia University Press)

Müller-Schöll, Nikolaus (2002) Das Theater des “konstruktiven Defaitismus”. Lektüren zur Theorie eines Theaters der A-identität bei Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht und Heiner Müller (Frankfurt am Main/Basel: Stroemfeld Verlag)

Murray, Timothy (ed.) (1997) Mimesis, Masochism & Mime: The Politics of Theatricality in Contemporary French Thought (Michigan: University of Michigan Press)

Obeyeskere, Ranjini  (1999) Sri Lankan Theater in a Time of Terror. New Dheli: Sage India.

Olf, Julian M. (1981) 'Acting and Being: Some Thoughts about Metaphysics and Modern Performance Theory', Theatre Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp.34 - 45.

Puchner, Martin (2010) The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

---—- (2002) 'The Theater in Modernist Thought', New Literary History, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp.521-532

Quigley, Austin E. (1985) The Modern Stage and Other Worlds. New York: Methuen.

Rokem, Freddie (2010) Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (Stanford: Stanford University Press),

------------------- (2009) (ed.) 'Focus on Performance/Theatre and Philosophy', Theatre Research International, Volume 34, Issue 03, October 2009, pp. 227-335

Saiu, Octavian  (2010) In Search of Lost Space. Bucharest: UNATC Press.

Saltz, David (2001) 'Why Performance Theory Needs Philosophy', Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Vol. 16, No.1, pp.149-154.

Shusterman, Richard (2000) Performing Live: Aesthetic Alternatives for the Ends of Art (Ithaca: Cornell University Press) 

-------------------------- (2012) Thinking through the Body: Essays in Somaesthetics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)

Sloterdijk, Peter (1989) Thinker on Stage: Nietzsches Materialism. Trans. Jamie Owen Daniel. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P.

Tassi, Aldo (1993) "Person as the Mask of Being," in Philosophy Today 37 (1993), 201-10.

------------- (1995) "Philosophy and Theatre: An Essay on Catharsis and Contemplation," International Philosophical Quarterly 35, no. 4

------------- (1998) "Philosophy and Theatre”, in International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 1

Ten Cate, Ritsaert (1996) Man Looking for Words. Nederland: Theater Instituut.

Ueda, Makoto (1995) ‘Zeami and the Art of the No Drama: Imitation, Yugen, and Sublimity’, inJapanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader, Hume, N. (ed.) (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press), pp. 177-193

Watt, Daniel and Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel (2007) Theatres of Thought: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press)

Weber, Samuel (2004) Theatricality as Medium (New York: Fordham University Press)

Wickstrom, Maurya (2012) Performance in the Blockades of Neoliberalism: Thinking the Political Anew (Palgrave)

Wilmer, S.E. and Zukauskaite, Audrone (2010) eds. Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Woodruff, Paul (2008) The Necessity of Theater; The Art of Watching and Being Watched, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Zamir, Tzachi (2010) ‘Watching actors’, Theatre Journal 62, pp. 227-243 

------------------- (2009) ‘Theatrical Repetition and Inspired Performance’, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 67, No. 4 (Fall, 2009), pp. 365-373 

-------------------(2006) Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press

Agamben and performance

Deuring, Dagmar (2006), "… was dazu gehört ein Mensch zu sein". Wiederholung und Zeugenschaft. Zu einem Theater-Denken "nach Auschwitz" (Mũnchen: epodium Verlag)

Lewis, Tyson (2007) 'Philosophy—Aesthetics—Education: Reflections on Dance',
The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Volume 41, Number 4, Winter 2007, pp. 53-66

Althusser and performance

Kowsar, Mohammad (1983) 'Althusser on Theatre', Theatre Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 461-474

Statkiewicz, Max (1998) 'Theater and/of Ideology: The Notion of Spostamento in Althusser's Theory of Theatrical Praxis', Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 38 – 50

Aristotle and Performance

Aristotle, The Poetics

Golden, Leon (1992) Aristotle on Tragic and Comic Mimesis (Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press)

Badiou and performance

Badiou, Alain (2005) ‘Theses on Theater’, in Handbook of Inaesthetics, trans. Alberto Toscano (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press), pp. 72-78

Feltham, Oliver (2006) 'An Explosive Genealogy: Theatre, Philosophy and the Art of Presentation', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 2, No 1-2, also available at: http://www.cosmosandhistory.org/index.php/journal/article/view/36/72

Gibson, Andrew (2006) Beckett and Badiou: the pathos of intermittency (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Puchner, Martin (2009) 'The Theatre of Alain Badiou', Theatre Research International, Volume 34, Issue 03, October 2009, pp. 256-266

Reinelt, Janelle (2004) ‘Theatre and Politics: Encountering Badiou’, Performance Research, vol. 9, no. 4, 2004, pp. 87-94.

Beckett and philosophy

Oppo, Andrea (2008) Philosophical Aesthetics and Samuel Beckett, Peter Lang.

Brecht and philosophy

Brecht, Bertolt (1987) Brecht on Theatre, ed. and trans. John Willett, London: Methuen.

Kaynar, Gad and Ben-Zvi, Linda (2005) (eds.) Bertolt Brecht: Performance and Philosophy (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University/Assaph Book Series)

Robinson, Douglas (November 2007) ‘The Spatiotemporal Dialectic of Estrangement’, TDR, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 121-132

Cixous and performance

Dobson, Julia (2000) 'At the Time of Writing Theatre: Cixous's Absolute Present', Paragraph, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp.270-82

McEvoy, William (2009) ‘"Leaving a space for the non-theorizable": Self and Other in Hélène Cixous's Writing for the Theatre', The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, Vol. 14, Issue 1, 2009, pp. 19 – 30

Deleuze and performance

Bleeker, Maaike (2004) 'The A,B,C's of Differance: Jan Ritsema and the Relationality of Theatrical Presence', in de Bloois, J., Houppermans, S. and Korsten, F. (eds.) Discernements: Deleuzian Aesthetics/Esthetiques deleuziennes (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi)

Bogue, Ronald (2003) Deleuze on Literature (London/New York: Routledge)

Bottoms, Stephen J. (1998) 'The Tangled Flora and Fauna of Goat Island: Rhizome, Repetition, Reality', Theatre Journal, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp.421-446

Buchanan, Ian & Marcel Swiboda (eds) (2006) Deleuze and Music.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press

Cull, Laura (ed.) (2009) Deleuze and Performance (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)

------------------ (2009) How Do You Make Yourself a Theatre Without Organs? Deleuze, Artaud and the Concept of Differential Presence’ in Theatre Research International, Vol 34: 3, edited by Freddie Rokem, pp. 243-255

------------------ (2011) Performing presence, affirming difference: Deleuze and the minor theatre of Georges Lavaudant and Carmelo Bene’, in Contemporary French Theatre, edited by Carl Lavery and Clare Finburgh (Hampshire/New York: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 99-110

------------------ (2012) 'Affect in Deleuze, Hijikata, and Coates: The Politics of Becoming-Animal in Performance', Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Volume 26, Number 2, Spring 2012, pp.189-203, abstract available here: http://muse.jhu.edu/login?auth=0&type=summary&url=/journals/journal_of_dramatic_theory_and_criticism/v026/26.2.cull.pdf

Deleuze, Gilles (1997) 'One Less Manifesto' in Murray, Timothy (ed.) Mimesis, Masochism and Mime: the politics of theatricality in Contemporary French Thought (Michigan: University of Michigan Press), translated by Timothy Murray and Eliane dal Molin

Fortier, Mark (1996) 'Shakespeare as “Minor Theatre”: Deleuze and Guattari and the Aims of Adaptation', Mosaic, Vol. 29, No. 1 (March 1996), pp.1-18

Goulish, Matthew (2000) 39 microlectures: in proximity of performance (London/New York: Routledge)

Kowsar, Mohammad (2001) 'Deleuze on theatre: a case study of Carmelo Bene's Richard III', in Genosko, Gary (ed.) Deleuze and Guattari: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. 1 (London/New York: Routledge)

Reynolds, Bryan (2009) Transversal Subjects from Montaigne to Deleuze after Derrida

Wilmer, S E and Audrone Zukauskaite (2015) Deleuze and Beckett, (London/NY: Palgrave Macmillan)

Derrida and performance

Auslander, Philip (1997) '“Just be your self”: Logocentrism and differance in performance theory', in Auslander, Philip, From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (New York and London: Routledge)

Derrida, Jacques (1978) 'The Theatre of Cruelty and the Closure of Representation', in Derrida, Jacques, Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp.232-250

-------------------- (1998) ‘Economimesis’, in The Derrida Reader: Writing Performances, Wolfreys, J. (ed.) (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), pp. 263-294

Fuchs, Elinor (1985) 'Presence and the Revenge of Writing: Re-Thinking Theatre after Derrida' PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2/3, 10th Anniversary Issue: The American Theatre Condition, pp. 163-173

Jucan, Ioana (2012) ‘Losing the Temper of Reason: Self-reflections Out of Time’, Parallax, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 3-16

Rabkin, Gerald (1983) 'The Play of Misreading: Text/Theatre/Deconstruction', PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.44-60

Guattari and performance


  1. L’Affaire du sac de chez Lancel (1979)
  2. Les Cubes
  3. Dialogue entre Thérèse et Ugo
  4. Dialogue théâtral entre Elodie, Robinson et Arsinoé
  5. Dialogue théâtral entre Toc, Tric et Mistrac
  6. Ding
  7. Le Maître de lune (1985-1986)
  8. La Nuit, la fin des moyens (1990)
  9. Parménide
  10. Psyche ville morte (1985-1986)
  11. Socrate (1985-1986). Version remaniée par Enzo Cormann en 1988. Traduction anglaise de Socrates, in Deleuze Studies, « Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism : Twenty Years After », n° spécial, Edinburgh University Press, juin 2012. Traduction Solène Nicolas, introduction Flore Garcin-Marrou.
  12. Visa le noir tua le blanc (1985-1986)

Travaux critiques

  • Le Cirque invisible, Les Cahiers du Rond-Point, n° 11 et 12, RMB édition, 2007.
  • ADRIEN, Philippe, « L’improvisation », revue Chimères, n° 7, 1988.
  • CORMANN, Enzo, « Comme sans y penser », revue Chimères, n° 23, été 1994, p. 23-31. _ « La boîte à outils », Le Spectateur européen, revue du Théâtre national de l’Odéon, janvier-février 1993, repris dans À quoi sert le théâtre ?, Besançon, Les Solitaires intempestifs, 2003, p. 39-44.  _ « La grande ritournelle », Le Monde, 08/07/1993, repris dans À quoi sert le théâtre ?, Besançon, Les Solitaires intempestifs, 2003, p. 45-48.  _ Les Rêves de Franz Kafka, d’après F. Guattari, l’Avant-Scène Théâtre, n° 756, octobre 1984. _ « Schizo-théâtre », puis sous le titre « Sous une jupe de velours noir (les dessous du théâtre », revue Chimères, n° 3, Paris, automne 1987.
  • DOSSE, François, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari. Biographie croisée, Paris, La Découverte, 2009.
  • GARCIN-MARROU, Flore, « Félix Guattari : théâtre et clinique », journée d’études des doctorants du Centre de Recherche sur l’Histoire du théâtre, Paris-Sorbonne, 16/05/2009. _ « Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari : théâtre et pensée », colloque jeunes chercheurs « Arts et connaissances », Université Paris Saint-Denis, 17/11/2010. [Conférence non publiée] _ « Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and theatre, or philosophy and its..., (13/07/2010), Third International Deleuze Studies, Amsterdam, 12-14 juillet 2010 ; paru dans la revue Trahir, septembre 2011. _ « L’influence du théâtre japonais sur la pensée et le théâtre de Félix Guattari », revue Coulisses, n° 39, Université de Franche-Comté, 2010. _ « Le théâtre de Félix Guattari : une genèse dramatique à partir de son oeuvre philosophique », colloque international « Parcours de génétique théâtrale : du laboratoire d’écriture à la scène », Université de Lisbonne, Portugal, 10/12/2009. [non publié] _ « Le théâtre de Félix Guattari en position d’irrespect face à sa philosophie ? », colloque « Dynamiques de l’irrespect, entre idéalisme et nihilisme », Université Toulouse le Mirail, 07/05/2009.
  • THIBAUDAT, Jean-Pierre, « Varsovie, printemps 1984 », Libération, 1984.

Habermas and performance

Botham, Paola (2008) 'From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: A Habermasian Framework for Contemporary Political Theatre', Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 307 – 317

Kierkegaard and performance

Westfall, Joseph (2007) The Kierkegaardian Author: Authorship and Performance in Kierkegaard's Literary and Dramatic Criticism, Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series, vol. 15 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter).

Lyotard and performance

Bamford, Kiff (2013) A Late Performance: Intimate Distance (Yingmei Duan). In: Bickis, H. and Shields, R. eds. Rereading Jean-François Lyotard. Farnham, UK: Ashgate

Bamford, Kiff (2012) Lyotard and the ‘figural’ in Performance, Art and Writing, London & New York: Continuum

Bamford, Kiff (2012) ‘Acconci’s Pied-à-terre: Taking the archive for a walk’. Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts, 17 (2), pp. 54-61

Birringer, Johannes (1986) ‘Overexposure: Les Immatériaux’ Performing Arts Journal, 10:2, pp.6-11

Gerland, Oliver (1989) 'Lyotard and the theatre of energy', in Rauch, Irmengard and Carr, Gerald F. (eds.), The Semiotic Bridge: Trends from California (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter)

Grebowicz, Margaret (ed. 2007) Gender after Lyotard, Albany, NY: State University of New York Press

Jones, Graham (2014) Lyotard Reframed, London: I.B.Tauris

Mendez, Matthew (2013) '. . . A Power of Sonorous Paradoxes . . . ': Passivity, Singularity, and Indifference in Jean-François Lyotard’s Readings of John Cage In: Cultural Politics. Vol. 9 Issue 2. 2013, p170-187.

Quick, Andrew (1998) Time and the Event. In: Lash, S ; Quick, A. & Roberts, R. eds Time and Value London: Blackwell

Readings, Bill (1991) Introducing Lyotard: Art and Politics, London: Routledge

Nietzsche and performance

Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music

Performativity in Science

Hans H. Diebner, ed. (2012) Performative Science - Reconciliation of Science and Humanities or the End of Philosophy? In: Studia UBB. Philosophia LVII, 1/2012. PDF available at: Performative Science

Hans H. Diebner (2006) Performative Science and Beyond - Involving the Process in Research (Vienna: Springer).

Phenomenology and performance

Butler, Judith. “Perfomative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre. Ed. Sue-Ellen Chase, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, (1990): 270-282.

Fraleigh, Sondra. “A Vulnerable Glance: Seeing Dance through Phenomenology.” Dance Research Journal, 23.1, (1991): 11-16.

Garner, Stanton B. (1994) Bodied Spaces: Phenomenology and performance in contemporary drama (Ithaca: Cornell University Press)

Heidegger, Martin. “The Age of the World Picture”. In The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays. NewYork: Harper & Row, 1977.

Jones, Amelia. Body/Art: Performing the Subject. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Kosel, Susan. Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2007

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. “The intertwining—the Chiasm.” In The Visible and the Invisible. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1968.

Ortega y Gasset, Jose "The Idea of Theater". In "Phenomenology and Art" (New York City: W. W. Norton & Company, 1975)

Rayner, Alice. Ghosts: Death's Double and the Phenomena of Theatre. Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota P., 2006.

Rayner, Alice (1994) To Act, To Do, To Perform: Drama and the Phenomenology of Action (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press)

Shephard, Simon. Theatre, Body and Pleasure. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Silverstein, Marc. ““Body-Presence”: Cixous's Phenomenology of Theater.” Theatre Journal, 43.4, (Dec., 1991): 507-516.

States, Bert O. (1985) Great reckonings in little rooms: on the phenomenology of theatre (California: University of California Press)

Wilshire, Bruce. Role Playing and Identity: The Limits of Theatre as Metaphor. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1982

Zarrilli, Phillip B. (2004) 'Toward a Phenomenological Model of the Actor's Embodied Modes of Experience', Theatre Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4, December 2004, pp. 653-666

Plato and Performance

Nightingale, Andrea Wilson (1995) Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy(Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press)

Plato, ‘Book VII’, ‘Book X’, in The Republic

Puchner, Martin (2010) The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Sartre and performance

Sartre, Jean-Paul "Sartre On Theater" (New York City: Pantheon Books. 1976)

Shakespeare and philosophy

Bristol, Michael (2011) 'Macbeth the Philosopher', New Literary History, Volume 42, Number 4, Autumn 2011, pp. 641-662

Cavell, Stanley (1996) ‘Macbeth Appalled’, in The Cavell Reader, Mulhall, S. (ed.) (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc.), pp. 197-220

Nussbaum, M. (2008) 'Stages of Thought', The New Republic, available at: http://www.tnr.com/article/books-and-arts/stages-thought

Witmore, M. (2008) Shakespearean Metaphysics (London/New York: Continuum)

Zamir, T. (2006) Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama (Princeton: Princeton University Press)


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Comment by Stanton B. Garner Jr. on August 16, 2019 at 17:01

The Phenomenology and Performance list is wildly out of date (as the others are, I'm sure). Can this bibliography be opened to updating?

Comment by Michael Y. Bennett on July 16, 2017 at 16:18

Some recent books to add to the "General" category:

Gobert, R. Darren (2013). The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater. Stanford: Stanford University Press.

Camp, Pannill (2014). The First Frame: Theatre Space in Enlightenment France. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Golub, Spencer (2014). Incapacity: Wittgenstein, Anxiety, and Performance Behavior. Evanston: Northwestern University Press.

Stern, Tom (2014). Philosophy and Theatre: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge.

Zamir, Tzachi (2014) Acts: Theater, Philosophy, and the Performing Self. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Bennett, Michael Y. (2017) Analytic Philosophy and the World of the Play. London and New York: Routledge.

Comment by Allen Alain Viguier on June 19, 2017 at 16:23
Hello. I would like to suggest under a new category a few books out of many. The category is: OBJECT AND PERFORMANCE.
The following authors invert the longstanding study of how people make things by asking also how things make people, and how things can be understood as having agency of their own. Gibson's Theory of Affordances, Gell's social life of things, Latour's object agency and objects as actants in a Parliament of Things, Barad's Agential realism, Haraway's cyborg, Bennett's Thing-power, all investigate our performative interaction and coupling with objects and have been inspiring for artists.

Gibson, James J. "The Theory of Affordances" The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979.

Gell, Alfred. Art and Agency. An Anthropological Theory. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1998.

Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern. Cambridge: Harvard University Press 1991.

Barad, Karen. "Posthumanist Performativity: Toward an Understanding of How Matter Comes to Matter." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2003, vol.28, no.3.

Haraway, Donna. "A Cyborg Manifesto: Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century," in Simians, Cyborgs and Women: The Reinvention of Nature (New York; Routledge, 1991), pp.149-181.

Bennett, Jane. Vibrant Matter A Political Ecology of Things. Duke University Press Durham and London 2010.

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