Acting, Spectating, and the Unconscious: A psychoanalytic perspective on unconscious processes of identification in the theatre

1st Edition

Maria Turri

Routledge
Published November 24, 2016
Reference - 132 Pages
ISBN 9781138699243 - CAT# Y288811
Series: Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

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Summary

From Aristotle’s theory of tragic katharsis onwards, theorists of the theatre have long engaged with the question of what spectatorship entails. This question has, directly or indirectly, often been extended to the investigation of acting.

Acting, Spectating, and the Unconscious approaches the unconscious aspects of spectatorship and acting afresh. Interweaving psychoanalytic descriptions of processes such as transference, unconscious phantasy, and alpha-function with an in-depth survey of theories of spectating and acting from thinkers such as Brecht, Diderot, Rousseau and Plato, Maria Grazia Turri offers a significant insight into the emotions inherent in both the art of the actor, and the spectator’s experience.

A compelling investigation of the unconscious communication between spectators and actors, this volume is a must-read for students and scholars fascinated by theatre spectatorship.

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