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ERIC Number: ED176341
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Pages: 14
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Toward a Structuralist Dramaturgy.
Hornby, Richard
In a review of dramaturgy (the collective techniques of dramatic composition), the concept of structuralism holds promise for treating many of the traditional problems in dramatic theory, criticism and production. Traditional attitudes toward intentions, influences, style, and interpretation have long been dominated by a historical approach, rather than a synchronic approach in which a play is isolated and examined as an ahistoric phenomenon, operating within a particular, self-enclosed system. Applying the work of the structuralists Ferdinand de Saussure, Roman Jakobson, and Roland Barthes to the traditional ideas of the primacy of theater history, the genetic fallacy (the notion that the origins of something tell us everything there is to know about it), the singleness of interpretation, the updated production, and the polarity of naturalism and style can bring better understanding to plays and staging. (AEA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Theatre Association (New York, New York, August 12-15, 1979)