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ERIC Number: ED096729
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Pages: 360
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The New Theater and the New English: Parallels and Differences.
Mathias, Michael Theodore
This investigation examines the historical influences on the New Theatre in terms of a figural tradition and suggests that the New English may also be analyzed in terms of a figural tradition. In part 1, a new theory of the "historical figura" is proposed. The first chapter describes the origins of the "human figura" in sculpture, pantomime, and rhetorical delivery. The second chapter describes the "rare pose" as a studied gesture in mannerism, and the third chapter considers the relationships between the "speaking picture" discussed in Sidney's "Defence" and its embodiment in Renaissance tapestry. In later chapters, evidence supports the theory that the "figura" was created by the mannerist urge to refer the human body to the Ideal embedded in statuary. Part 2 traces the origins and development of the New Theatre and its influence on the aesthetic of Grotowski, and considers further the figural tradition in the context of Jungian archetypes, Oriental theatre, and the Dartmouth seminars in 1966. The relevance for English Education is the transformation of the classroom into a laboratory like the New Theatre Laboratory. The closest parallel between the New Theatre and the New English centers around the experiential question in both art forms. (Author/RB)
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