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The Necessity of TheaterThe Art of Watching and Being Watched$
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Paul Woodruff

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195332001

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195332001.001.0001

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Understanding Theater

Understanding Theater

(p.196) ELEVEN Understanding Theater
The Necessity of Theater

Paul Woodruff (Contributor Webpage)

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Understanding theater requires an emotional response, but different watchers have different responses depending on their experiences of life, their beliefs, and their personal qualities, so different watchers come to different understandings. It appears that only relativism would allow for different understandings of the same performance, but Chapter 11 argues that elements of a performance have certain emotion-engaging properties, and these are misunderstood by those who are not attuned to them.

Keywords:   relativism, understanding, emotion, emotion-engaging, properties

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