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Author Haney, William S.

Title Integral drama : culture, consciousness and identity / William S. Haney II
Published Amsterdam ; New York, NY : Rodopi, 2008
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Description 1 online resource (184 pages)
Series Consciousness, literature & the arts, 1573-2193 ; 15
Consciousness, literature & the arts ; 15. 1573-2193
Contents Introduction -- The fall of private man in Harold Pinter's The birthday party -- Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros: defiance vs. conformity -- Tom Stoppard's Arcadia: orderly disorder -- Discovering happiness in Harold Pinter's The homecoming -- Luigi Pirandello's Six characters in search of an author: being vs. having form -- The reality of illusion in Jean Genet's The balcony -- Soyinka's integral drama: unity and the mistake of the intellect -- Bibliography -- Index of names
Summary "Integral Drama critically explores modern drama in the context of Indian aesthetics described in the Natyashastra and the vast, new interdisciplinary field of consciousness studies. It also focuses on how Indian theatre aesthetics has influenced modern drama theories and practice, and the extent to which this has promoted the development of higher consciousness in actors and audience. According to Indian aesthetics, rasa or aesthetic rapture is refers to bliss innate in the Self that manifests even in the absence of external sources of happiness. Overall, this book explores the relation between modern theatre and higher states of mind and demonstrates that one of the key purposes of theatre is to help the spectator experience the pure consciousness event described in consciousness studies by theorists such as Anna Bonshek, Ken Wilber, Robert K.C. Forman, Jonathan Shear, Daniel Meyer-Dinkgrafe, Ralph Yarrow and others." "Integral Drama will appeal not only to drama theorists but also to teachers and students of acting, as well as an educated general audience interested in understanding the aesthetic experience of theatre. Integral Drama, moreover, can be used as a textbook for acting and drama theory classes and would also appeal to university and public libraries. The book serves as a bridge between the ideas and experiences long understood through Indian philosophy and the many questions raised by modern theatre studies."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 177-182) and index
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Subject Drama -- 20th century -- History and criticism -- Theory, etc
Consciousness in literature.
Culture in literature.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Literary.
Consciousness in literature.
Culture in literature.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781435641105