Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage

1st Edition

Eero Laine

Routledge
December 5, 2019 Forthcoming
Reference - 148 Pages
ISBN 9780815353997 - CAT# K346163
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

USD$140.00

Available for Pre-Order. This item will ship after December 5, 2019
Add to Wish List
FREE Standard Shipping!

Summary

Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage examines professional wrestling as a century-old, theatrical form that spans from its local places of performance to circulate as a popular, global product.

Professional wrestling has all the trappings of sport, but is, at its core, a theatrical event. This book acknowledges that professional wrestling shares many theatrical elements such as plot, character, scenic design, props, and spectacle. By assessing professional wrestling as a neglected but prototypical case study in the global business of theatre, Laine argues that it is an exemplary form of globalizing, commercial theatre. He asks what theatre scholars might learn from pro wrestling and how pro wrestling might contribute to conversations beyond the ring, by considering the laboring bodies of the wrestlers, and analyzing wrestling’s form and content.

Of interest to scholars and students of theatre and performance, cultural studies, and sports studies, Professional Wrestling and the Commercial Stage delimits the edges of wrestling’s theatrical frame, critiques established understandings of corporate theatre, and offers key wrestling concepts as models for future study in other fields.

Share this Title