Theatre and Feeling

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How does a tragedy arouse pity and fear? How do music and lighting set a mood or convey an emotional tone for an audience? Why does theatre move us?

Theatre and Feeling explores the idea that, for many people, theatre is a passion. It provides an intellectual framework for the range of emotional experience engendered by the theatre, establishing a base-line for further thinking and practice in this rich and emergent area of inquiry. Moving across western dramatic theory and...

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Overview

How does a tragedy arouse pity and fear? How do music and lighting set a mood or convey an emotional tone for an audience? Why does theatre move us?

Theatre and Feeling explores the idea that, for many people, theatre is a passion. It provides an intellectual framework for the range of emotional experience engendered by the theatre, establishing a base-line for further thinking and practice in this rich and emergent area of inquiry. Moving across western dramatic theory and theatre history, the book demonstrates the centrality of feeling to the theatre.

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“An excellent book…the writing is extraordinarily lucid, without ever simplifying the issues at hand. The effect is really pleasurable.” —Nicholas Ridout, Reader in Theatre and Performance, Queen Mary, University of London

"Reading Theatre & Feeling can help us to make our choices with more consciousness and accountability." —Anne Bogart, Artistic Director of the SITI Company

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230218468
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/17/2010
  • Series: Theatre And Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 1,384,847
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

ERIN HURLEY is Assistant Professor of Drama and Theatre at McGill University, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Foreword; Anne Bogart
Theatre and Feeling
Types of Feeling
Feeling as the Raison d'être of Theatre: Connections to the Body and Brain
The Purpose of Theatre and its Form
Social Value and Social Work
Profiting from Feeling-Work
Feeling's Professional Significance: Acting
Further Reading

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