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Kinesthetic Spectatorship in the Theatre

Phenomenology, Cognition, Movement


Part of the Cognitive Studies in Literature and Performance book series (CSLP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 1-35
  3. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 37-74
  4. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 75-108
  5. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 109-144
  6. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 145-183
  7. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 185-222
  8. Stanton B. Garner Jr.
    Pages 223-265
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 267-277

About this book


This book is about the centrality of movement, movement perception, and kinesthetic experience to theatrical spectatorship. Drawing upon phenomenological accounts of movement experience and the insights of cognitive science, neuroscience, acting theory, dance theory, philosophy of mind, and linguistics, it considers how we inhabit the movements of others and how these movements inhabit us. Individual chapters explore the dynamics of movement and animation, action and intentionality, kinesthetic resonance (or mirroring), language, speech, and empathy. In one of its most important contributions to the study of theatre, performance, and spectatorship, this book foregrounds otherness, divergence, and disability in its account of movement perception. The discussions of this and other issues are accompanied by detailed analysis of theatre, puppetry, and dance performances.


Sensorimotor Phenomenology Embodiment Cognitive science Neuroscience Dance theory Philosophy of mind Linguistics Kinesthetic resonance Empathy Affect Disability

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EnglishUniversity of TennesseeKnoxville, TNUSA

About the authors

Stanton B. Garner, Jr. is Professor of English and Adjunct Professor of Theatre at the University of Tennessee, USA. He is the author of The Absent Voice: Narrative Comprehension in the Theater, Bodied Spaces: Phenomenology and Performance in Contemporary Drama, Trevor Griffiths: Politics, Drama, History, and numerous articles on drama, theatre, and performance.

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