Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre - Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance (Hardback)
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Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre - Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance (Hardback)

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Hardback 248 Pages / Published: 12/12/2008
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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.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9780230609884
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 480 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 16 mm


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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

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