While all value judgements about the arts are problematical, there does seem to be a special problem with acting. Everyone seems to be able to act. It seems to be the easiest of arts; if an art at all. Moreover the better the technique the easier it seems. This book examines society's conceptions of acting, the language it uses, and the criteria it employs to distinguish good acting from bad acting. It addresses itself to the intellectual problems associated with the idea of acting - distinguishing the actor from the character. It covers the range of contemporary actor training and practice from Stanislavski to the Post-Modern, and examines the spiritual and moral purpose fo acting within society. Acting integrates professional experience wiht intellectual enquiry.
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Chapter 1 Acting and the phenomenological problem
Chapter 2 Acting and semiotics
Chapter 3 Acting and athletics
Chapter 4 The psychology of acting
Chapter 5 The psychology in acting
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