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Le théâtre universitaire. Pratiques et expériences. The University Theatre. Practice and Experiences

Edited by Robert Germay and Philippe Poirrier. Dijon, Editions universitaires de Dijon, 2013, 263 pages, ISBN: 978-2-36441-067-1

Drama practice and study within the academy largely developed after 1945, most especially in Europe and contributed to University Theatre under the direction of Jack Lang.

The essays of the University of Burgundy U-Cultures Collection have been written by academics committed to university theatre, and aim at presenting a panorama of the multiple practices and experiences they initiate. Representative case studies of practice and scholarship in the field of Drama and Performing studies in France, Belgium, Canada, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom allow a fruitful comparison between different institutions and situations.

Beyond the diversity of higher education institutions, the following analyses of university theatre further question the role of culture and the humanities within contemporary academy. In a context where narrow utilitarist and mercantile politics appear as irreducible dogmas, the very existence of university theatre interrogates the persistence of alternative values and experiences; the place of culture for student practice, the connection between bodies of knowledge and different practices; the transmission of the humanities; the links between amateur practice and professional trajectories; the importance of aesthetic experience within the fashioning of one's individuality, and the interest of a collective form of sociability within the experience of the students.

To obtain the book, please contact: Les Editions universitaires de Dijon, eud.u-bourgogne.fr/