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Actor Self vs. Character Self An Empirical Exploration

Hetzler, Eric (2012) Actor Self vs. Character Self An Empirical Exploration. Journal for Artistic Research, 2012 (2). ISSN 2235-0225

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This work combines the results of an online survey about the experience of acting with interviews of many of the respondents to explore how actors describe the relationship between the character they portray in performance and their non-character selves. It also explores the role of emotion in this relationship.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Emotion, acting, actors, performance, survey, queationnaire, interview
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Schools: School of Music, Humanities and Media
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Depositing User: Eric Hetzler
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 08:42
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2013 12:06


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