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Introduction

  • Julian Hilton
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Part of the New Directions in Theatre book series (NDT)

Abstract

Not since Shakespeare’s death has interest in the audio-visual been greater than at the present. From about the mid sixteenth century, with a broad advance in literacy, the mass-produced book steadily took on a dominant role as an instrument, and perhaps the highest achievement, of European culture. Theatrical works survived more as printed texts than in a performance tradition: print was regarded as superior to speech. But in the twentieth century advances in audiovisual technology have combined to shift the balance away from print towards audio-visual cultural forms. Recorded sound has enabled us to hear how past performers sounded instead of having to rely on printed descriptions of their delivery; and film and video permit us to store images of how they looked and spoke.

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Notes

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    Plato, The Republic, trs. with an intro. by H. D. P. Lee (Harmondsworth, Middx, 1955 ) pp. 383–6.Google Scholar
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    Jean Piaget, The Moral Judgement of the Child trs. Marjorie Gabain (London, 1932) passim.Google Scholar
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    Jürgen Habermas, Legitimation Crisis trs. Thomas McCarthy (London, 1976).Google Scholar
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    Peter Brook, The Empty Space (London, 1968) p. 63.Google Scholar

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