ISSN: 17536421
First published in 2008
3 issues per volume
Volume 2 Issue 2
Cover Date: September 2009
The Aesthetic Uncanny: staging Dorian Gray
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Authors:  Darren Tunstall 
DOI: 10.1386/jafp.2.2.153_1

conceptual ground plan, theatrical shorthand, the uncanny, defamiliarization

This article discusses my theatrical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (2008). Freud's concept of the uncanny (1919) was treated as a purely aesthetic phenomenon and related to late nineteenth century social and literary preoccupations such as Christianity, the supernatural and glamorous, criminal homosexuality. These considerations led to a conceptual ground plan that allowed for experiments during rehearsal in a form of theatrical shorthand.
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