From Ritual to Theatre The Human Seriousness of Play

ISBN-10: 0933826176
ISBN-13: 9780933826175
Edition: 1982
Authors: Victor W. Turner
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Book details

List price: $18.95
Copyright year: 1982
Publisher: P A J Publications
Publication date: 7/1/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.528
Language: English

How is social action related to aesthetics, and anthropology to theatre? What is the meaning of such concepts as "work," "play, "liminal," and "flow"? In this highly influential book, Turner elaborates on ritual and theatre, persona and individual, role-playing and performing, taking examples from American, European, and African societies for a greater understanding of culture and its symbols.

Victor Turner was born in Scotland and educated in England. He began his career as a research officer with the Rhodes-Livingstone Institute in northern Rhodesia. Best known for his ethnographic studies of ritual and social process among the Ndembu, Turner also produced significant theoretical insights about rites of passage, the psychology of healing, conflict management, the importance of drama and play, and the theory of symbolic interpretation. He spent much of his career at universities in the United States and was among the leading figures in the turn to symbolic interpretation that marked American anthropology during the 1960s and 1970s.

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