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A Theatre Acting Perspective on the Dramaturgical Metaphor and the Postmodern Self
Richard Walsh-Bowers
Wilfrid Laurier University
Based on the premise that a psychology of theatre acting can teach psychologists about social acting, I evaluate Goffman’s influential dramaturgical metaphor and discuss what theatre acting reveals about conceptions of the self. Within Goffman’s model, differences between the quotidian and theatre worlds are accidental and daily life is like theatre actors’ life on stage. First, I assess how well this version of the drama-turgical metaphor accounts for both theatre acting and social interaction. The complexly layered, psychological aspects of theatre acting reveal the limitations of Goffman’s model. The second critical issue pertains to the implications of a psychology of theatre acting for conceptions of the self. The flexible, relational nature of theatre actors’ multiple ‘selves’ challenges psychologists’ literalist applications of dramaturgy to social actors as well as essentialist conceptions of a core self, while complementing postmodern notions of relational selves.

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Closely Watched Films: An Introduction to the Art of Narrative Film Technique by Marilyn Fabe; University of California Press, 2004

Contemporary Psychodrama: New Approaches to Theory and Technique by Jose Fonseca; Brunner-Routledge, 2004

2006: books

Letters To A Young Actor: A Universal Guide to Performance (Art of Mentoring) (Hardcover) by Robert Brustein 0465008062


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To the Actor: On the Technique of Acting by Michael Chekhov, Nicolai Remisoff; Harper & Row, 1953

The Technique of Acting by F. Cowles Strickland; McGraw-Hill, 1956

Mask Characterization: An Acting Process Book by Libby Appel; Southern Illinois University Press, 1982

Shakespearean Characterization: A Guide for Actors and Students by Leslie O'Dell; Greenwood Press, 2002

Beyond the Mask: Gordon Craig, Movement, and the Actor by Irène Eynat-Confino; Southern Illinois University Press, 1987

Playwrights and Acting: Acting Methodologies for Brecht, Ionesco, Pinter, and Shepard by James H. McTeague; Greenwood Press, 1994

Acting by John Harrop; Routledge, 1992

Reinventing Drama: Acting, Iconicity, Performance by Bruce G. Shapiro; Greenwood Press, 1999

Acting (Re)considered: A Theoretical and Practical Guide by Phillip B. Zarrilli; Routledge, 2002

From Acting to Performance: Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism by Philip Auslander; Routledge, 1997

* The Ritual Process: Structure and Anti-Structure by Victor Turner; Aldine De Gruyter, 1995

The Nature of Expertise in Professional Acting: A Cognitive View by Helga Noice, Tony Noice; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997

Acting: The First Six Lessons by Richard Boleslavsky; Routledge, 2003

Secrets of Screen Acting by John Stamp, Patrick Tucker; Routledge, 2003

The Dramatic Arts and Cultural Studies: Acting against the Grain by Kathleen S.Berry; Falmer Press, 2000 (to read)


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