Vol 24 (2012) Approaching Phenomenology

887008_585007244852098_1290369476_oAs a philosophical discipline, phenomenology is concerned with how pehnomena appear to our consciousness, i.e. with “the ways we experience things, [and] thus the meanings things have in our experience”. According to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, it studies “the structure of various types of experience ranging from perception, thought, memory, imagination, emotion, desire, and volition to bodily awareness, embodied action, and social activity, including linguistic activity.”

Within Theatre Studies, phenomenology has become a complement to semiotics in performance analysis in recent decades, though it perhaps still occupies a somewhat secondary position. In fact, the emphasis on the point of view of the first person experience has led to phenomenological scholars being accused of subjectivism, essentialism, lacking contextualization and a narrow focus on ‘postdramatic forms’. (Continue reading the introduction by Magnus Tessing Schneider and Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen in vol 24 of NTS…)

CONTENTS vol 24 (2012)

Magnus Tessing Schneider and Kim Skjoldager-Nielsen
Introduction: Approaching Phenomenology
Stuart Grant
Genealogies and Methodologies of Phenomenology in Theatre and Performance Studies
Joshua Edelman
What Phenomenology Can Bring to Theatre Sociology, and What It Cannot, with Reference to Radio Muezzin in Aarhus
Ann Enström
Orienting Towards the Phenomenal Woman: Presenting Mia Skäringer in Her Stage Show Horny as Hell and Really Holy
Franziska Bork Petersen
On Multiple Appearances: An Analysis of the Performing Body in Kitt Johnson’s Drift
Gediminas Karoblis
Triple Disembodiment of Dance: The Waltz
Luule Epner
Theatre in the Postdramatic Text: A Phenomenological Approach
Willmar Sauter
Interference between Present and Absent Performers: Time-Specific Performance as Phenomenal Experience
Pirkko Koski
A Play about a Play: Cartoon as an Instrument of (Theatre) Politics


Robert Cardullo
August Strindberg, Ingmar Bergman, and The Ghost Sonata
Louise Bagger
Flirtation and Seduction as Dramaturgical Devices in Interactive Acting
Zane Radzobe
One State, Two Nations: The Idea of a National Theatre in Twenty-First-Century Latvian Theatre