Auctor Ludens: Essays on Play in Literature by Gerald Guinness, Andrew Hurley

By Gerald Guinness, Andrew Hurley

This can be a e-book approximately play perform instead of play idea. in fact, perform presupposes conception, yet the following the editors decide to continue normal theoretical assumptions below hide other than strength them into explicitness. The members to this quantity got loose rein to debate whatever element of literary play stuck their fancy. The absence of a predetermined theoretical framework has ended in an idiosyntractic quantity at the various different types of play.

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He must unleash crises. Naturally he must 34 ESSLIN not be afraid to admit that he does not always know "the" solution, that he does not always have it up his sleeve. The confidence of the participants must, rather, be based on his being able to make apparent what is not a solution. He must contribute questions, doubt, a multiplicity of possible points of view, comparisons, memories, experiences.... 11 Brecht was, in the last phase of his life, as artistic director of the Berliner Ensemble in East Berlin, in the fortunate position of being able to live up to this ideal.

He had almost unlimited means at his disposal and could indulge in rehearsing a play over many months, sometimes up to a whole year. He allowed his actors to try out every possible approach by patiently watching them as they sampled the feel, the flavor, the effect of every tiny move and gesture, until finally a general consensus as to the best possible solution had been arrived at. Rehearsals thus became spontaneous play as well as an inductive method of research. But once the solution had been found it became firmly fixed in the eventual performance, the model book, which recorded each move in photographs and descriptive notes, and often on film as well.

This is a differentiation which the thinking man does not make. If one makes this differentiation, one leaves politics to the active individual and philosophy to the contemplative individual, whereas in reality the politicians ought to be philosophers and the philosophers politicians. Between true philosophy and true politics there is no difference. From this insight there follows the thinking man's proposal to educate young people by acting in drama, which means to make them simultaneously into active and contemplative individuals, as it is suggested in the prescripts of the pedagogies.

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