Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Building a character: A somaesthetics approach to Comedias and women of the stage
by Petersen, Elizabeth Marie Cruz, Ph.D., Florida Atlantic University, 2013, 276; 3571431
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation focuses on the elements of performance that contribute to the actress’s development of somatic practices. By mastering the art of articulation and vocalization, by transforming their bodies and their environment, these actors created their own agency. The female actors lived the life of the characters they portrayed, which were full of multicultural models from various social and economic classes. Somaesthetics, as a focus of sensory-aesthetic appreciation and somatic awareness, provides a pragmatic approach to understanding the unique way in which the woman of the early modern Spanish stage, while dedicating herself to the art of acting, challenged the negative cultural and social constructs imposed on her. Drawing from early modern plays and treatises on the precepts and practices of the acting process, I use somaesthetics to shed light on how the actor might have prepared for a role in a comedia, self-consciously cultivating her body in order to meet the challenges of the stage.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Gamboa, Yolanda
Commitee: Horswell, Michael, Kopani, Gvozden, Kopani, Gvozden, Mujica, Barbara, Rosson, Barry T., Shusterman, Richard
School: Florida Atlantic University
Department: Comparative Studies
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: DAI-A 74/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Comparative literature, Philosophy, Theater History
Keywords: Acting, Somaesthetics, Somatic practices, Spain, Stage performances
Publication Number: 3571431
ISBN: 9781303228032
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