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.
|Commitee:||Horswell, Michael, Kopani, Gvozden, Kopani, Gvozden, Mujica, Barbara, Rosson, Barry T., Shusterman, Richard|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|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|
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