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By Gerald Guinness, Andrew Hurley

ISBN-10: 0915027208

ISBN-13: 9780915027200

It is a ebook approximately play perform instead of play conception. in fact, perform presupposes concept, yet the following the editors decide to continue basic theoretical assumptions lower than disguise instead of strength them into explicitness. The members to this quantity got loose rein to debate whatever point of literary play stuck their fancy. The absence of a predetermined theoretical framework has led to an idiosyntractic quantity at the various different types of play.

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When he tells us the story of his encounter (if it can be called that) with the officer, we see the range of the Underground Man's inventiveness: I was standing by the billiard table, inadvertently blocking the officer's way. (129). Finally, I decided to challenge him to a duel. I wrote him a beautiful letter pleading with him to apologize to me. 2 Nothing happens, of course, but the Underground Man finally sees a way of taking his revenge, since the officer is given to promenades on the Nevsky Avenue, during which he sometimes is "guilty" of marching so straight as to give the impression of having nothing before him "but an empty space" (132).

Brecht was well aware that a theory of drama which practically dispenses with the audience in the theater was open to the objection that it would seriously reduce the number of people who could in fact be influenced by drama. Brecht's answer to this objection, in the period of his most extreme dedication to the Lehrstueck, was that, in fact, there were many hundreds of thousands of members of workers' choral societies and left wing amateur theatrical groups who could use these texts and scores, and, moreover, that in an ideal society more and more people should become participants in activities of this kind.

13 The associations prompted by his name would have included instances of bringing gifts, preventing theft (or bringing the thief to justice), 40 WILSON possible resurrection of clerks, flogging or otherwise punishing recalcitrant opponents, and a connection with the sea or water. Chaucer plays with several legends of St. Nicholas, with two strands predominating (the tres clerici and the tres filiae). To a much lesser degree we find echoes of the Stratilates and the Icon legends as well. These post-New Testament miracle legends are glossed by Old Testament events: the flood and the tale of Absalom.

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