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The Roots of Theatre, Rethinking Ritual and Other Theories of Origin

Rozik, Eli

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ISBN 10: 0877458170 / ISBN 13: 9780877458173
Edité par University of Iowa Press, 2002
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A Comprehensive review and criticism of each of the leading historical and anthropological theories of the origin of theatre. Argues that theatre is a sui generis kind of creativity whose roots lie in the spontaneous image-making faculty of the human psyche. Biblio. Index. xix, 362 pp. Fine w/ Fine dj. N° de réf. du libraire 870

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Titre : The Roots of Theatre, Rethinking Ritual and ...

Éditeur : University of Iowa Press

Date d'édition : 2002

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :Fine

Etat de la jaquette : Fine

Edition : 1st Edition

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The topic of the origins of theatre is one of the most controversial in theatre studies, with a long history of heated discussions and strongly held positions. In "The Roots of Theatre" Eli Rozik enters the debate, offering an alternative theory of roots based on the cultural and psychological conditions that made the advent of theatre possible. Rozik grounds his study in a comprehensive review and criticism of each of the leading historical and anthropological theories. He believes that the quest for origins is essentially misleading because it does not provide any significant insight for our understanding of theatre. Instead, he argues that theatre, like music or dance, is a sui generis kind of human creativity - a form of thinking and communication whose roots lie in the spontaneous image-making faculty of the human psyche. Rozik's broad approach to research lies within the boundaries of structuralism and semiotics, but he also utilizes additional disciplines such as psychoanalysis, neurology, sociology, play and game theory, science of religion, mythology, poetics, philosophy of language and linguistics. In seeking the roots of theatre, what he ultimately defines is something substantial about the nature of creative thought - a rudimentary system of imagistic thinking and communication that lies in the set of biological, primitive, and infantile phenomena such as day-dreaming, imitation, mockery (caricature, parody), storytelling and myth-making.

About the Author:

Eli Rozik is professor of theatre studies at Tel Aviv University and editor of the international journalAssaph: Studies in the Theatre. He is the author ofMetaphor in Theatre and Poetry,The Language of the Theatre, andElements of Play Analysis.

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