Acting and its Refusal in Theatre and Film (Book)

The Devil Makes Believe

Acting has traditionally been considered a form of pretending or falsehood, compared with the so-called reality or truth of everyday life. Yet in the postmodern era, a reversal has occurred – real life is revealed as something acted and acting is where people have begun to search for truth. In Acting and its Refusal in Theatre and Film, Marian McCurdy considers the ethical desire of refusing to act – which results from blurred boundaries of acting and living – and examines how real life and performance are intertwined. Offering a number of in-depth case studies, the book contextualizes refusals of acting on stage and screen and engages in an analysis of fascist theatricality, sexual theatricality and the refusal of theatricality altogether.

Category: Performing Arts

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Acting has traditionally been considered a form of pretending or falsehood, compared with the so-called reality or truth of everyday life. Yet in the postmodern era, a reversal has occurred – real life is revealed as something acted and acting is where people have begun to search for truth. In Acting and its Refusal in Theatre and Film, Marian McCurdy considers the ethical desire of refusing to act – which results from blurred boundaries of acting and living – and examines how real life and performance are intertwined. Offering a number of in-depth case studies, the book contextualizes refusals of acting on stage and screen and engages in an analysis of fascist theatricality, sexual theatricality and the refusal of theatricality altogether.

Marian McCurdy is a postdoctoral research associate with Te Puna Toi performance research project in New Zealand and has over ten years acting experience with Free Theatre Christchurch.

The Devil Actor
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Refusal in Fascist Theatricality
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Aestheticization of Political Life
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Pact with the Devil
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Actors Become the Real Masters
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The Main Thing Is to Play Well
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Refusal in Sexual Theatricality
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Revolution in the ‘House of Illusions’
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The Plague of the Theatre
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From Concentration to Distraction Camp
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Falling for the Part
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Refusal of Theatricality
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Happenings as Refusal
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Simulation Superstars
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Damning Aesthetics to Hell
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Celebrity Suicide
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