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What do actors accomplish when they play characters on stage? Bruce Wilshire contends that through deliberate mimetic involvement, actors attempt to display how we are already mimetically involved with others offstage-bound up with them and authorized by them through imitation. To illustrate his argument that theatre is life-like , Wilshire provides examples from Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, Waiting for Godot, and the work of the avant-garde Polish director Jerzy Grotowski, among others. Wilshire then reverses his focus to show that life is theatre-like. The book's final section includes a thoughtful critique of current theories of social role playing. Wilshire affirms that acting is more than just role playing; it is the process of creating the self. Throughout, he makes use of a phenomenological methodology to establish theatre as the art of imitation that reveals imitation. Role Playing and Identity is an imaginative and broad-ranging reflection on the nature of the human condition that will be admired by social scientists and philosophers as well as by students of the theatre and literary scholars.

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  1. Half-title
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  1. Fm
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  1. Title
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  1. Dedication
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  1. Copyright
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  1. Acknowledgments
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  1. Prologue
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  1. Part One
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  1. What Is Theatre?
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  1. What Is Phenomenology?
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  1. Theory of Enactment
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  1. Theory Of Appearance
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  1. Variations on the Theatrical Theme of Standing In and Authorization
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  1. Theatre As Metaphor And Play As Disclosure
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  1. Second Set Of Variations On The Theatrical Theme Of Standing In And Authorization
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  1. Theatre And The Question Of The Truth Of Arts
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  1. Part Two
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  1. Space, Time, And Identity Of Self
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  1. Self As Body-Self
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  1. Body-Self and Others: Cognition, Expression, Mimetic Response, and Transformation
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  1. Ody-Self Other Body-Selves, and Self-Deception
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  1. Self, Body-Image, and Mimetic Engulfment
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  1. Identity and Theatre-Like Disengagement from Engulfment
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  1. Existence and Art: Self as Memorializing Structure of Possibilities
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  1. Summary and Prospects: Identity of Self
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  1. Part Three
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  1. Theatre as Metaphor
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  1. The Truth of Art and the Limits of Theatre as Metaphor
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  1. The Limits of Theatrical Metaphors
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  1. The Limits of Appearance
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780253054371
MARC Record
OCLC
43476146
Launched on MUSE
2021-07-11
Language
English
Open Access
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