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ERIC Number: ED081024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 15
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On Shaky Ground: The Conceptual Foundations of Theatre Historians.
Zobel, Konrad; Hofmann, Juergen
Theatre historians show little inclination to reflect on the ideologies that govern their work, on the premise that "theatre is theatre" with little relationship to its socioeconomic environment. One of the causes is the historians' reliance on theatrical "facts," as they were in the same category as facts established in the natural sciences. Thus, the theatre historians tend to create knowledge that appeals to an aesthetically oriented mind, creating "facts" that reflect the ideological premises of the researcher. A dialectical approach to theatre history would make the researcher aware of the relationships between his arguments and his socio-historically conditioned attitudes. Traditional studies of theatre history must give way to a "dialectic symbiosis" between historically oriented sociological research and behaviorally oriented empirical research in theatre as communication. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 1972)