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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theatre and Mind

ISBN 9780230275836
Publication Date January 2013
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre And

All performance depends upon our abilities to create, perceive, remember, imagine and empathize. This book provides an introduction to the evolutionary and cognitive foundations of theatrical performing and spectating and argues that this scientific perspective challenges some of the major assumptions about what takes place in the theatre.

BRUCE MCCONACHIE is Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. His publications include Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre; Performance and Cognition: Theatre Studies And the Cognitive Turn (co-edited with H. Elizabeth Hart) and Theatre Histories: An Introduction (co-written with Phillip Zarrilli, Carol Sorgenfrei, and Gary Williams). He is a past-president of the American Theatre and Drama Society and the American Society for Theatre Research, and the series editor for the Palgrave Macmillan series Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance.

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