Anthropology and the Theory of Drama

  • Radmila Nastić Faculty of Philology and Arts University of Kragujevac
Keywords:
anthropology, myth, ritual, drama, tragedy, performance

Abstract

The paper is an attempt at a systematic account of the history of influences between anthropology and the theory of drama in the twentieth century. The starting point is the definition of drama as a mimesis of the movement towards self-knowledge as rebirth. It is described as a variation of the original spring dance in honour of the regeneration of life represented in the figure of the twice-born Dionysus. Anthropologists whose contribution to the theory of drama has been acknowledged are Jane Harrison, Gilbert Murray, Arnold Van Genep, Joseph Campbell and Victor Turner.

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Published
2010-05-14
How to Cite
Nastić, Radmila. 2010. “Anthropology and the Theory of Drama”. Issues in Ethnology and Anthropology 5 (3), 245 -60. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.21301/eap.v5i3.12.
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Other Humanities and Social Sciences