ERIC Number: ED364913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Stanislavski in the Literature Classroom: Reading Drama from an Actor's Perspective.
Literature students can benefit by reading drama from an actor's perspective, using selected principles taken from Constantin Stanislavski's approach to acting commonly known as "the method." Susan Glaspell's one-act play "Trifles" accommodates itself well to Stanislavski's approach, which is based upon a play's "super-objective" or theme. Closely related to the super-objective is the "through-line," the primary objective or "spine" of each character that carries him or her towards a basic goal. Discussing super-objectives, through-lines, and labeling key incidents in the play, students can explore the significance of each incident and position the characters in relationship to the events. Such an exercise can also provide opportunities for students to revise their earlier reading of the text. Students can also discuss stage directions to help readers visualize the actions that the subtext had shaped. Stanislavski's "magic if" (what would the actor as the character do if...?) led students to demonstrate (in writing assignments) keen insights into the characters' motivations and their attitudes towards both themselves and others. Stanislavski's approach, helping readers to account for a playtext's central interest and the complexities of its characters, coaxes "what is not there" from the reader's imagination. (Contains 14 references.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Method Acting; Narrative Text; Stanislavski (Konstantin); Text Factors
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council of Teachers of English (83rd, Pittsburgh, PA, November 17-22, 1993).