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Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance

Theatre/Ecology/Cognition

Theorizing Performer-Object Interaction in Grotowski, Kantor, and Meyerhold

Authors: Paavolainen, T.

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How is performer-object interaction enacted and perceived in the theatre? How thereby are varieties of 'meaning' also enacted and perceived? Using cognitive theory and ecological ontology, Paavolainen investigates how the interplay of actors and objects affords a degree of enjoyment and understanding, whether or not the viewer speaks the language.

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Teemu Paavolainen is a postdoctoral fellow of Theatre and Drama Research in the School of Communication, Media, and Theatre at the University of Tampere, Finland.

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'With this major work, Teemu Paavolainen takes his place in the vanguard of thinkers who are creatively bringing cognitive science into an exciting and highly productive dialogue with Theatre Studies. With considerable philosophical sophistication and an impressive knowledge of relevant cognitive science, Paavolainen contributes to debates about the nature and workings of affordances, image schemas, and other basic cognitive processes. His is an exemplary enactment of what is best and most promising in cognitive approaches to theatre.' - Mark Johnson, Knight Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy, University of Oregon, USA

'In this brilliant study the opposition between Kantor and Grotowski is deconstructed and some important aspects they both shared appear. Reintroducing the political and social dimensions of the 'poor theatre' by means of the cognitive approach seems to me really fascinating. The case studies give the reader not familiar with the Polish critical reception of Grotowski and Kantor precise accounts of their analyzed performances.' - Dariusz Kosi?ski, Jagiellonian University, Kraków, and the Grotowski Institute, Wroc?aw, Poland

'This is a sophisticated, thorough, and innovative analysis that has the potential to significantly advance the field of cognitive approaches to performance. Eschewing brain-bound models and embracing embodied, distributed, and extended approaches to cognition, Paavolainen deftly demonstrates the potential of these theories to transform current theories of performance.' - Evelyn Tribble, Donald Collie Chair of English, University of Otago, New Zealand


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Table of contents (7 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Theatre/Ecology/Cognition
Book Subtitle
Theorizing Performer-Object Interaction in Grotowski, Kantor, and Meyerhold
Authors
Series Title
Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Teemu Paavolainen
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-27792-3
DOI
10.1057/9781137277923
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-27791-6
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-44745-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 283
Number of Illustrations
11 b/w illustrations
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