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Building a character

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Date Issued:
2013
Summary:
This dissertation focuses on the elements of performance that contribute to the actress's development of somatic practices. By mastering the art of articulation and vocalization, by transforming their bodies and their environment, these actors created their own agency. The female actors lived the life of the characters they portrayed, which were full of multicultural models from various social and economic classes. Somaesthetics, as a focus of sensory-aesthetic appreciation and somatic awareness, provides a pragmatic approach to understanding the unique way in which the woman of the early modern Spanish stage, while dedicating herself to the art of acting, challenged the negative cultural and social constructs imposed on her. Drawing from early modern plays and treatises on the precepts and practices of the acting process, I use somaesthetics to shed light on how the actor might have prepared for a role in a comedia, selfconsciously cultivating her body in order to meet the challenges of the stage.
Title: Building a character: a somaesthetics approach to Comedias and women of the stage.
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Name(s): Cruz Peterson, Elizabeth Marie.
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Department of Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Literature
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2013
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Physical Form: electronic
Extent: x, 264 p. : ill. (some col.)
Language(s): English
Summary: This dissertation focuses on the elements of performance that contribute to the actress's development of somatic practices. By mastering the art of articulation and vocalization, by transforming their bodies and their environment, these actors created their own agency. The female actors lived the life of the characters they portrayed, which were full of multicultural models from various social and economic classes. Somaesthetics, as a focus of sensory-aesthetic appreciation and somatic awareness, provides a pragmatic approach to understanding the unique way in which the woman of the early modern Spanish stage, while dedicating herself to the art of acting, challenged the negative cultural and social constructs imposed on her. Drawing from early modern plays and treatises on the precepts and practices of the acting process, I use somaesthetics to shed light on how the actor might have prepared for a role in a comedia, selfconsciously cultivating her body in order to meet the challenges of the stage.
Identifier: 852253798 (oclc), 3360968 (digitool), FADT3360968 (IID), fau:4131 (fedora)
Note(s): by Elizabeth Marie Cruz Peterson.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2013.
Includes bibliography.
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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Subject(s): Women in the performing arts -- 17th century -- Criticism and interpretation
Comic, The -- 17th century -- Criticism and interpretation
European drama -- 17th century -- Criticism and interpretation
Feminist drama -- 17th century -- Criticism and interpretation
Spanish drama -- Classical period, 1500-1700 -- Criticism and interpretation
Aesthetics -- Physiological aspects
Body, Human (Philosophy)
Mind and body
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