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Stanislavski: The Basics

By Rose Whyman

© 2013 – Routledge

198 pages

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About the Book

Stanislavski: The Basics is an engaging introduction to the life, thought and impact of Konstantin Stanislavski. Regarded by many as a great innovator of twentieth century theatre, this book examines Stanislavski's:

  • life and the context of his writings
  • major works in English translation
  • ideas in practical contexts
  • impact on modern theatre

With further reading throughout, a glossary of terms and a comprehensive chronology, this text makes the ideas and theories of Stanislavski available to an undergraduate audience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements A Note to Readers 1. Stanislavski’s Life and Context 2. An Actor’s Work: Basic Training 3. An Actor’s Work: Analysis of the Play 4. An Actor’s work: Consolidation and spontaneity 5. An Actor’s work: Embodiment of the role 6. Stanislavski’s Legacy and Influence Chronology Glossary Bibliography Appendix 1: Synopsis of and extract from Tennessee Williams (2009) The Glass Menagerie, London: Penguin,Characters and Scene One pp xv-9 lines 1- 136 Appendix 2: Synopsis of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Certain Private Conversations in Two Acts and a Requiem

About the Author

Rose Whyman is Senior Lecturer in Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of Birmingham. She is the author of The Stanislavski System of Acting: Legacy and Influence in Modern Performance (CUP, 2007).

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER001000
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning