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In Flagrante Theatro

Jody Enders

in Murder by Accident

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780226207834
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226207858 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226207858.003.0008
In Flagrante Theatro

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This chapter analyzes a series of real and hypothetical scenarios that illustrate the virtually infinite roles of intention on the stage. It examines Erving Goffman's theory about social obligations, adherence and transgression from the point of view of the theater collective. This chapter explores what the impossible murder by accident might look like on stage and argues that a critical obsession with breaking frame constitutes an obsession with breaking the theatrical contract.

Keywords: intention; stage; theater; Erving Goffman; social obligations; adherence; transgression; murder; theatrical contract

Chapter.  9404 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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