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Shakespeare's Imagined Persons : The Psychology of Role-Playing and Acting - P. Murray

Shakespeare's Imagined Persons

The Psychology of Role-Playing and Acting

By: P. Murray

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Challenging our understanding of ideas about psychology in Shakespeare's time, Shakespeare's Imagined Persons proposes we should view his characters as imagined persons. A new reading of B.F. Skinner's radical behaviourism brings out how - contrary to the impression he created - Skinner ascribes an important role in human behaviour to cognitive activity. Using this analysis, Peter Murray demonstrates the consistency of radical behaviourism with the psychology of character formation and acting in writers from Plato to Shakespeare - an approach little explored in the current debates about subjectivity in Elizabethan culture. Murray also shows that radical behaviourism can explain the phenomena observed in modern studies of acting and social role-playing. Drawing on these analyses of earlier and modern psychology, Murray goes on to reveal the dynamics of Shakespeare's characterizations of Hamlet, Prince Hal, Rosalind, and Perdita in a fascinating new light.

Acknowledgements - Introduction - The Behaviourism of B.F. Skinner - Character Formation and the Psychology of Role-Playing and Acting - Hamlet - Prince Hal, King Henry V - As You Like It - Absorbed Action: 'Sure this robe of mine does change my disposition' - Appendix: The Psychology of Habits - Index

ISBN: 9780333634486
ISBN-10: 0333634489
Series: Psychology of Role-Playing and Acting
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 10th May 1996
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.79  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.49
Edition Number: 3