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The Critical Panopticon

Essays in the Theatre and Contemporary Aesthetics


Mohammad Kowsar

A collection of essays that stands witness to the diverse methodologies which have shaped contemporary readings of dramatic texts and analyses of play productions. The essays exhibit a pluralistic approach to aesthetics, incorporating conceptual discoveries in modern philosophy, psychology, political thought, linguistics, semiology, and social anthropology. The works of such authors as Louis Althusser, Gilles Deleuze and Jean-François Lyotard are studied for their relevance to a new understanding of drama and theatre criticism.
Contents: Theoretical discourses, charting major socio-political and epistemic arguments - Case studies of observed contemporary theories - Power and Desire thematics complete the critical and aesthetic considerations of the collection.