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Origin, Medium, Performance-Text, Reception and Acting

Eli Rozik is Ph.D. and professor emeritus of theatre studies. He was twice head of the Department of Theatre Studies and Dean of the Faculty of the Arts at Tel Aviv University. He specializes in theatre theory, particularly in non-verbal communication in performance analysis; and has published numerous articles in international leading journals in Europe and the US. His books include The Language of Theatre, The Roots of Theatre – Rethinking Ritual and Other Theories of Origin, Metaphoric Thinking, Generating Theatre Meaning, Fictional Thinking, Comedy: A Critical Introduction, and most recently Theatre Sciences: A Plea for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Theatre Studies.

From reviews of Prof. Rozik's previously published books

“For more than thirty years, Eli Rozik has been among the best known international theorists of theatre, thanks to his wide-ranging books on theatre history and methodology ... He makes a major and unique contribution to the field.”
Marvin Carlson, Sidney E. Cohn Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

“Eli Rozik joins a long tradition of scholarship on the performance codes of theatre, stretching from the Prague Linguistic School of the 1930s to contemporary writings in theatre semiotics, phenomenology, hermeneutics, and audience response theory ... Rozik delivers a rich and complex investigation of theatre performance.”
Thomas Postlewait, Editor of Studies in Theatre History, School of Drama, University of Washington

Eli Rozik explores the principles that generated the theatre medium, and its possible roots in the preverbal imagistic mode of thinking. This mode characterizes the remnants of preverbal thinking, such as unconscious thinking (dreaming), the embryonic speech of toddlers, and their imaginative play and drawings prior to mastering verbal thinking.

The book is a recapitulation of major findings regarding the nature of the theatre, its medium, fictional creativity and origin, and includes new unpublished studies. It address the principles of imagistic, metaphoric, symbolic and fictional thinking, which characterize the theatre, as well as reception and acting. The work has been designed to fit the structure of a university course, and will appeal to people interested in broadening their knowledge and understanding of theatre art.

Hardback ISBN: 978-1-84519-744-2
Hardback Price: £65.00 / $74.95
Release Date: January 2016
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-84519-834-3
Paperback Price: £27.50 / $39.95
Release Date: September 2016
Page Extent / Format: 320 pp. / 234 x 156 mm
Illustrated: Yes


Contents to Follow

In this book, author and theatre educator Eli Rozik presents readers with a an examination of the principles behind the medium of theatre and their potential origins in preverbal imagistic modes of human thought. He examines iconic figures of speech such as stage metaphor, allegory, speech-acts, and the theatre experience as a metaphor; the conventions of the stage; fictional thinking; the reception of theatre as a mode of communication, and a wide variety of other related subjects. The author is a retired faculty member of Tel Aviv University, Israel.

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