Where do I look if I'm interested in phenomenology and the theatre?
Where in Difference and Repetition does Deleuze discuss the stage?
Which articles would you recommend if I'm researching the idea of philosophy as performance?

At the last meeting, it was proposed that the Performance & Philosophy working group create a collective bibliography in order to help answer such questions for one another. The following list is just a start - please send your contributions to the Chair at||lluc.arual
You can propose new bibliography categories (thematic as well as author-centred) as well as suggesting texts to be included.
Suggestions for texts in languages other than English are very much welcomed!



Johnston, Daniel (2004) 'Manual Metaphysics: Philosophy and Theatre', Philament: an online journal of the arts and culture, issue 4, available at:

Kirkkopelto, Esa (2008) Le Théâtre De L'expérience - Contributions À La Théorie De La Scène (Paris: Sorbonne)

Kottman, Paul A. (2007) A Politics of the Scene (Stanford: Stanford University Press)

Krasner, David and Saltz, David (ed.) (2006) Staging Philosophy: Intersections of Theater, Performance and Philosophy (Michigan: University of Michigan Press)

Lagaay, Alice (2001) Metaphysics of Performance: Performance, Performativity and the Relation Between Theatre and Philosophy (Berlin: Logos Verlag)

Müller-Schöll, Nikolaus (2002) Das Theater des “konstruktiven Defaitismus”. Lektüren zur Theorie eines Theaters der A-identität bei Walter Benjamin, Bertolt Brecht und Heiner Müller (Frankfurt am Main/Basel: Stroemfeld Verlag)

Murray, Timothy (ed.) (1997) Mimesis, Masochism & Mime: The Politics of Theatricality in Contemporary French Thought (Michigan: University of Michigan Press)

Olf, Julian M. (1981) 'Acting and Being: Some Thoughts about Metaphysics and Modern Performance Theory', Theatre Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp.34 - 45.

Puchner, Martin (2010) The Drama of Ideas: Platonic Provocations in Theater and Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

---—- (2002) 'The Theater in Modernist Thought', New Literary History, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp.521-532

Rokem, Freddie (2010) Philosophers and Thespians: Thinking Performance (Stanford: Stanford University Press),

Saltz, David (2001) 'Why Performance Theory Needs Philosophy', Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Vol. 16, No.1, pp.149-154.

Tassi, Aldo (1995) "Philosophy and Theatre: An Essay on Catharsis and Contemplation," International Philosophical Quarterly 35, no. 4

Tassi, Aldo (1998) "Philosophy and Theatre”, in International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 38, no. 1

Watt, Daniel and Meyer-Dinkgräfe, Daniel (2007) Theatres of Thought: Theatre, Performance and Philosophy (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press)

Wilmer, S.E. and Zukauskaite, Audrone (2010) eds. Interrogating Antigone in Postmodern Philosophy and Criticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Shakespeare and philosophy

Nussbaum, M. (2008) 'Stages of Thought', The New Republic, available at:

Witmore, M. (2008) Shakespearean Metaphysics (London/New York: Continuum)

Zamir, T. (2006) Double Vision: Moral Philosophy and Shakespearean Drama (Princeton: Princeton University Press)

Beckett and philosophy

Agamben and performance

Deuring, Dagmar (2006), "… was dazu gehört ein Mensch zu sein". Wiederholung und Zeugenschaft. Zu einem Theater-Denken "nach Auschwitz" (Mũnchen: epodium Verlag)

Lewis, Tyson (2007) 'Philosophy—Aesthetics—Education: Reflections on Dance',
The Journal of Aesthetic Education, Volume 41, Number 4, Winter 2007, pp. 53-66

Althusser and performance

Kowsar, Mohammad (1983) 'Althusser on Theatre', Theatre Journal, Vol. 35, No. 4, pp. 461-474

Statkiewicz, Max (1998) 'Theater and/of Ideology: The Notion of Spostamento in Althusser's Theory of Theatrical Praxis', Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture & Society, Vol. 10, Issue 3, pp. 38 – 50

Badiou and performance

Feltham, Oliver (2006) 'An Explosive Genealogy: Theatre, Philosophy and the Art of Presentation', Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy, Vol 2, No 1-2, also available at:

Gibson, Andrew (2006) Beckett and Badiou: the pathos of intermittency (Oxford: Oxford University Press)

Reinelt, Janelle (2004) ‘Theatre and Politics: Encountering Badiou’, Performance Research, vol. 9, no. 4, 2004, pp. 87-94.

Brecht and philosophy

Kaynar, Gad and Ben-Zvi, Linda (2005) (eds.) Bertolt Brecht: Performance and Philosophy (Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv University/Assaph Book Series)

Cixous and performance

Donson, Julia (2000) 'At the Time of Writing Theatre: Cixous's Absolute Present', Paragraph, Vol. 23, Issue 3, pp.270-82

McEvoy, William (2009) ‘"Leaving a space for the non-theorizable": Self and Other in Hélène Cixous's Writing for the Theatre', The European Legacy: Toward New Paradigms, Vol. 14, Issue 1, 2009, pp. 19 – 30

Deleuze and performance

Bleeker, Maaike (2004) 'The A,B,C's of Differance: Jan Ritsema and the Relationality of Theatrical Presence', in de Bloois, J., Houppermans, S. and Korsten, F. (eds.) Discernements: Deleuzian Aesthetics/Esthetiques deleuziennes (Amsterdam/New York: Rodopi)

Bogue, Ronald (2003) Deleuze on Literature (London/New York: Routledge)

Bottoms, Stephen J. (1998) 'The Tangled Flora and Fauna of Goat Island: Rhizome, Repetition, Reality', Theatre Journal, Vol. 50, No. 4, pp.421-446

Cull, Laura (ed.) (2009) Deleuze and Performance (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press)

Deleuze, Gilles (1997) 'One Less Manifesto' in Murray, Timothy (ed.) Mimesis, Masochism and Mime: the politics of theatricality in Contemporary French Thought (Michigan: University of Michigan Press), translated by Timothy Murray and Eliane dal Molin

Fortier, Mark (1996) 'Shakespeare as “Minor Theatre”: Deleuze and Guattari and the Aims of Adaptation', Mosaic, Vol. 29, No. 1 (March 1996), pp.1-18

Goulish, Matthew (2000) 39 microlectures: in proximity of performance (London/New York: Routledge)

Kowsar, Mohammad (2001) 'Deleuze on theatre: a case study of Carmelo Bene's Richard III', in Genosko, Gary (ed.) Deleuze and Guattari: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers, Vol. 1 (London/New York: Routledge)

Derrida and performance

Auslander, Philip (1997) '“Just be your self”: Logocentrism and differance in performance theory', in Auslander, Philip, From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism (New York and London: Routledge)

Derrida, Jacques (1978) 'The Theatre of Cruelty and the Closure of Representation', in Derrida, Jacques, Writing and Difference, trans. Alan Bass (Chicago: University of Chicago Press), pp.232-250

Fuchs, Elinor (1985) 'Presence and the Revenge of Writing: Re-Thinking Theatre after Derrida' PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2/3, 10th Anniversary Issue: The American Theatre Condition, pp. 163-173

Rabkin, Gerald (1983) 'The Play of Misreading: Text/Theatre/Deconstruction', PAJ: Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 7, No. 1, pp.44-60

Habermas and performance

Botham, Paola (2008) 'From Deconstruction to Reconstruction: A Habermasian Framework for Contemporary Political Theatre', Contemporary Theatre Review, Vol. 18, Issue 3, pp. 307 – 317

Kierkegaard and performance

Westfall, Joseph (2007) The Kierkegaardian Author: Authorship and Performance in Kierkegaard's Literary and Dramatic Criticism, Kierkegaard Studies Monograph Series, vol. 15 (Berlin: Walter de Gruyter).

Levinas and performance

Lyotard and performance

Gerland, Oliver (1989) 'Lyotard and the theatre of energy', in Rauch, Irmengard and Carr, Gerald F. (eds.), The Semiotic Bridge: Trends from California (Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter)

Phenomenology and performance

Garner, Stanton B. (1994) Bodied Spaces: Phenomenology and performance in contemporary drama (Ithaca: Cornell University Press)

States, Bert O. (1985) Great reckonings in little rooms: on the phenomenology of theatre (California: University of California Press)

Zarrilli, Phillip B. (2004) 'Toward a Phenomenological Model of the Actor's Embodied Modes of Experience', Theatre Journal, Vol. 56, No. 4, December 2004, pp. 653-666

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