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Theatre History and Historiography

Ethics, Evidence and Truth

  • Claire Cochrane
  • Jo Robinson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Claire Cochrane, Jo Robinson
      Pages 1-29
  3. Re-Writing (Master) Narratives

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. David Roberts
      Pages 33-47
    3. Rosemarie K. Bank
      Pages 48-59
    4. Viv Gardner
      Pages 60-81
  4. ‘Other’ Histories

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-83
    2. Katherine Newey
      Pages 85-102
    3. Poonam Trivedi
      Pages 103-120
    4. Claire Cochrane
      Pages 121-143
  5. The Ethics of Evidence

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Alison Jeffers
      Pages 147-162
    3. Heike Roms
      Pages 163-181
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 182-205

About this book


This collection of essays explores how historians of theatre apply ethical thinking to the attempt to truthfully represent their subject - whether that be the life of a well-known performer, or the little known history of colonial theatre in India - by exploring the process by which such histories are written, and the challenges they raise.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Claire Cochrane
    • 1
  • Jo Robinson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of WorcesterUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamUK

About the editors

David Roberts, Birmingham City University, UK Rosemarie K. Bank, Kent State University, USA Viv Gardner, University of Manchester, UK Katherine Newey, University of Exeter, UK Poonam Trivedi, University of Delhi, India Alison Jeffers, University of Manchester, UK Heike Roms, Aberystwyth University, UK

Bibliographic information


“There are well-crafted and provocative essays here, and the foregrounding of ethical questions makes the volume a potentially useful companion to other anthologies … . The collection will be of interest to postgraduate students and scholars of theatre history, and some essays could be assigned to advanced undergraduates.” (David Calder, Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 28 (1), 2018)

“The focus of the present collection is, as signaled by the subtitle, squarely on ethics and evidence … . they are held together by an impressively coherent and sustained engagement with a set of ethical challenges posed by the alterity of theatre-historical evidence. This volume firmly establishes ethics on the theatre-historiographical agenda.” (Christopher Balme, Theatre Notebook, Vol. 71 (1), February, 2017)