Performance & Identity in the Classical World

Wydawnictwo: brak danych
Data wydania: 2006
Kategoria: Socjologia, filozofia
ISBN: 978-0-521-85282-1
Liczba stron: 0
Dodał/a książkę: Autor X

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Performance and Identity in the Classical World traces attitudes towards actors in Greek and Roman culture as a means of understanding ancient conceptions of, and anxieties about, the self. Actors were often viewed as frauds and impostors, capable of deliberately fabricating their identities. Conversely, they were sometimes viewed as possessed by the characters that they played, or as merely playing themselves onstage. Numerous sources reveal an uneasy fascination with actors and acting, from the writings of elite intellectuals (philosophers, orators, biographers, historians) to the abundant theatrical anecdotes that can be read as a body of 'popular performance theory.' Performance and Identity in the Classical World examines these sources, along with dramatic texts and addresses the issue of impersonation, from the late fifth century BCE to the early Roman Empire.• Focuses on both elite and popular reactions to performance • Examines Greek and Roman culture together, which is unusual • Draws on a broad range of sources

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