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ERIC Number: ED087070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-May
Pages: 12
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"Gestus" and the Performance of Prose Fiction.
Saboe, Mary E.
Three performance problems encountered in storytelling are: subordinating the perspective of individual characters to that of the storyteller; the role of the audience; and the undefined boundary between reader and audience. The concept of "Gestus" as espoused in the dramatic theory of Bertolt Brecht offers an approach to the performance of imaginative literature singularly structured to solve these three performance problems. Crucial to Brecht's gestic approach to performance is his belief that an understanding of the story as a whole must precede specific character analysis, that an intelligent, critically involved audience is indispensable to good performance, and that literal representations of action are not the only means, or even the best means, of communicating the gestic impulse to the audience. (LL)
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