Analyzing the relationship between dramatic action and the controversial art of acting, William Worthen demonstrates that what it means to act, to be an actor, and to communicate through acting embodies both an ethics of acting and a poetics of drama.
Originally published in 1984.
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Table of Contents:
- FrontMatter, pg. i
- Acknowledgments, pg. vii
- Contents, pg. ix
- The Idea of the Actor: Introduction, pg. 1
- 1. Is it not monstrous: The Demonic Dialectic of Renaissance Acting, pg. 10
- 2. Realize the feelings of his Character: Gesture, Feeling, and Community in the Sentimental Theater, pg. 70
- 3. Self-Betrayal: The Optics of Modern Acting, pg. 131
- Postscript, pg. 229
- Notes, pg. 233
- Index, pg. 261