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ERIC Number: ED087055
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 13
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Suggestion in Oral Performance: A Shadow of an Image.
Pearse, James A.
Oral performance of literature can be compared with film viewing, in that both are strongly based on suggestion, which forces the spectator to participate actively in the creation of images. Film is actually a series of still pictures, but persistence of vision produces the idea of motion in the mind. Likewise, literature in performance involves verbal images from which emerge suggestions which produce the literary images in the auditor's consciousness, and the experience is completed in his mind. The power of suggestion is the interpreter's primary aid for indirect communication of literary meaning and feeling, just as it aids the mime in his evocation of physical objects. The creative oral performance of literature consists of a combination of facial, bodily, and vocal actions, with the addition of the "dynamic characteristics" of suggestion which are all translated by the auditor in terms of his own experience and imagination. The film/viewer and the writer/reader/audience relationships both involve the spectator's mind and emotions in the performing process. (RN)
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