The Actor in Costume
by Aoife Monks
How do audiences look at an actor in costume onstage? Monks explores this question, engaging with the main theoretical approaches to the study of actors in performance.The bookconsiders costume's power to shape identity and form bodies drawing on examples from Modernist performance to nudity and stage ghosts....more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 15th 2010 by Palgrave Macmillan
(first published December 9th 2009)
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A very good analysis of the role of costuming in theatre and performance. I read it in preparation to writing about the costumes of El Vez, The Mexican Elvis. Her definition of costume is quite useful, as is her analysis of anxieties around costuming in different historical moments. I don't always agree with her conclusions (on nudity, on ghosts), but I appreciate her ideas and her analysis.