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Theater Nullification

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/9780226207858.003.0009
Theater Nullification

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This chapter analyzes various instances in which audience members themselves appear to or actually break the theatrical contract. It examines Erving Goffman's theory about theatrical contract and investigates whether there really is such a thing as theater nullification. This chapter suggests that the spectators have the right to reject the rules of the theatrical game and argues that the responses of theater audiences and their action or inaction depend not only upon their own intentions but on their perceptions of what others intend for them.

Keywords: theatrical contract; theater audience; Erving Goffman; theater nullification; intentions

Chapter.  9285 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (Early and Medieval)

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