Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Acknowledgments, Dedication

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pp. i-viii

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Introduction: Character Building

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pp. 1-34

As I walk through the city, the people around me flock and flow. We are a murmuration of starlings: though we are multicolored and multishaped, we are more clearly identifiable as a mass than as individuals. So how is it that we come to identify so many...

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1. Building Titus: Compressing the Complex into the Essential

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pp. 35-64

When we watch a movie trailer, we understand that things are being left out. Several hours of story are reduced to quick shots, dramatic narration, and (often) loud music. They do not always work, either because they fail to seduce their target audience (as...

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2. Building Characters: Seeing Bodies

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pp. 65-96

In an interview on Fresh Air, Dave Davies asked Maggie Smith where she found the inspiration for the Dowager Countess, her character on Downton Abbey. She credited the words: “mainly the way it was written by Julian [Fellowes], which was terrific, you...

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3. Multicasting: The Dispersed Character

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pp. 97-120

In the previous chapter, I focused on the visibility of the actor’s body and the idea that some actors seem to “disappear” into a role. These are moments when casting is particularly visible, when we see the actor and the character both together and apart...

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4. Casting and the Performance of Everyday Life

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pp. 121-134

I have argued that casting is a form of dimensionality reduction: all that the actor is and has been and all that the character could be gets reduced when this actor takes this role at this time. I have argued that casting is always ecological: the historical, social, cultural...

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5. Counter Casting: Building Colony

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pp. 135-148

Meryl Streep gave a workshop for a small group of graduate and undergraduate theater students at Indiana University in 2014. I asked her how she thinks about herself in relationship to the characters she chooses to play, and she said, “every new person...

Notes

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pp. 149-174

Bibliography

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pp. 175-184

Index

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pp. 185-188