This anthology is the first of its kind. In addition to opening up fresh perspectives on theatre studies – with applications for dramatic criticism, performance analysis, acting practice, audience response, theatre history, and other important areas – the book sets the agenda for future work, helping to map the emergence of this new approach.
Following a comprehensive introduction, the contributors examine:
This original and authoritative work will be attractive to scholars and graduate students of drama, theatre, and performance.
Introduction Bruce McConachie and F. Elizabeth Hart Section 1: Performance Theory and Cognition 1. Performance, Phenomenology, and the Cognitive Turn F. Elizabeth Hart 2. Cognitive Studies and Epistemic Competence in Cultural History: Moving Beyond Freud and Lacan Bruce McConachie 3. Performance Strategies, Image Schemas, and Communication Frameworks Tobin Nellhaus Section 2: Drama and Cognition 4. Essentialism and Comedy: A Cognitive Reading of the Motif of Mislaid Identity in Dryden’s Ampitryon (1690) Lisa Zunshine 5. `It Is Required/You Do Awake Your Faith’: Learning to Trust the Body through Performing The Winter’s Tale Naomi Rokotnitz Section 3: Acting and Cognition 6. Neuroscience and Creativity in the Rehearsal Process John Lutterbie 7. Image and Action: Cognitive Neuroscience and Actor Training Rhonda Blair Section 4: The Spectator and Cognition 8. See the Play, Read the Book Howard Mancing 9. Categories and Catcalls: Cognitive Dissonance in The Playboy of the Western World Neal Swettenham Glossary of Terms Jennifer Pierce
This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.