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Acting and its Refusal in Theatre and Film
The Devil Makes Believe
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ISBN 9781783206681
Hardback 202 pages
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Published May 2017
Imprint: Intellect
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Books by Marian McCurdy
Books in 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.

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