How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity pdf epub fb2

How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity by William Egginton pdf epub fb2

How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity Author: William Egginton
Title: How the World Became a Stage: Presence, Theatricality, and the Question of Modernity
ISBN: 0791455459
ISBN13: 978-0791455456
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Pages: 216 pages
Publisher: State Univ of New York Pr (October 1, 2002)
Language: English
Category: Arts & Photography
Size PDF version: 1391 kb
Size EPUB version: 1303 kb
Subcategory: Performing Arts




What is special, distinct, modern about modernity? In How the World Became a Stage, William Egginton argues that the experience of modernity is fundamentally spatial rather than subjective and proposes replacing the vocabulary of subjectivity with the concepts of presence and theatricality. Following a Heideggerian injunctive to search for the roots of epochal change not in philosophies so much as in basic skills and practices, he describes the spatiality of modernity on the basis of a close historical analysis of the practices of spectacle from the late Middle Ages to the early modern period, paying particular attention to stage practices in France and Spain. He recounts how the space in which the world is disclosed changed from the full, magically charged space of presence to the empty, fungible, and theatrical space of the stage.