In performances by Euro-Americans, Afro-Americans, Native
Americans, and Asians, Richard Schechner has examined carefully the
details of performative behavior and has developed models of the
performance process useful not only to persons in the arts but to
anthropologists, play theorists, and others fascinated (but perhaps
terrified) by the multichannel realities of the postmodern
Schechner argues that in failing to see the structure of the whole
theatrical process, anthropologists in particular have neglected
close analogies between performance behavior and ritual. The way
performances are created-in training, workshops, and rehearsals-is
the key paradigm for social process.
Subjects: Language & Literature
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