Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance

Engaging Audiences

A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre

Authors: McConachie, B.

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Engaging Audiences asks what cognitive science can teach scholars of theatre studies about spectator response in the theatre. Bruce McConachie introduces insights from neuroscience and evolutionary theory to examine the dynamics of conscious attention, empathy and memory in theatre goers.

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BRUCE McOCNACHIE is Professor and Chair of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, University of Pittsburgh, USA.

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'Armed with a deep knowledge of the history of spectatorship, McConachie constructively engages with the recent findings of cognitive scientists to challenge fundamental assumptions about how and why we view and recall theatrical events. The result is a thoughtful, readable, and provocative work with important implications for critical theory, historiography, and production.' - John Emigh, Professor of Theatre, Speech, and Dance and of English, Brown University

'Engaging Audiences provides a major synthesis of theatre/performance and cognitive studies. McConachie finds just the right balance between scientific details and theatrical examples.' - Philosophy and Literature

'In its formidable combination of clarity, engagement, and rigour, it present[s] a persuasive case that theatre and performance studies should pay more attention to the workings of the mind...A landmark in both theatre history and theories of audience reception.' - Theatre Research International


Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-21

    McConachie, Bruce

  • General Cognition for Theatre Audiences

    Pages 23-63

    McConachie, Bruce

  • Social Cognition in Spectating

    Pages 65-120

    McConachie, Bruce

  • Cultural Cognition in History

    Pages 121-183

    McConachie, Bruce

  • Epilogue Writing Cognitive Audience Histories

    Pages 185-207

    McConachie, Bruce

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Engaging Audiences
Book Subtitle
A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre
Authors
Series Title
Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance
Copyright
2008
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Bruce McConachie
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-61702-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230617025
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-60988-4
Softcover ISBN
978-0-230-11673-3
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-37639-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 248
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