The Haunted Stage
The Theatre As Memory Machine
ISBN10: 0472112422 ISBN13: 9780472112425 Publisher: Univ of Michigan Pr Published: Nov 1 2001 Pages: 200 Weight: 1.10lbs. Height: 9.00" Width: 6.25" Depth: 1.00" Language: English
Throughout theatrical history, almost every element in stage production has been recycled. Indeed any regular theatergoer is familiar with the experience of a performance that conjures the ghosts of previous productions. The Haunted Stage explores this theatrical "deja vu," and examines how it stimulates the spectator's memory. Relating the dynamics of reception to the interaction between theater and memory, The Haunted Stage uncovers the ways in which the memory of the spectator informs the process of theatrical reception.
Marvin Carlson is Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at the City University of New York.