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By Jean Alter

Analyzes the elemental duality of theatre (the play is going on on a degree, however the tale is going on at somewhere else and time), exploring how the 2 facets either compete and supplement one another, and suggesting the social elements that effect the whole method.

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The "Absent" Cause: Point and Meaning of Story 122 5. A Case Study: Mnouchkine's Richard II 132 III: Transformational Processes: Production/Reception 149 1. Theatricality: Theatre as a Series of Transformations 149 2. Textual Transformations of the Text 161 Literary, theatrical, and staged texts 161 Conventional transformation: discounting stage directions 165 Covert transformation: altering the dialogue 168 3. Referential Transformations of the Text 172 Referential tensions in virtual performances 172 Altering virtual performances: wild or probable referents 174 4.

These strategies of modern sociocriticism visibly try to overcome the resistance that concrete fictional works put forth to earlier Marxist approaches. At the same time, they testify to a growing interest in Page 17 "creative" criticism. Instead of showing parallels between equally obvious aspects of History and Fiction, they seek to produce original readings that enrich the understanding of literature. In some of these theories, one can also detect a defensive reaction against those recent intellectual trends that, undermining ideological premises of sociocriticism, Marxist or near-Marxist, have been turning away from any involvement with History.

However, these explanations can be only offered a posteriori; they have no predictive value. In that sense, they are as problematic as psychoanalytical explanations of deep personal problems. But they have one great advantage: they can be checked against our knowledge of past or Page 18 present social conditions. Similarly, in contrast with unconscious personal problems, many social problems that could not be consciously identified in the past can be identified and verified today, thanks to historical hindsight.

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