Master of Arts (MA)
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The thesis, using Husserlian phenomenology, presents a descriptive, analytical approach for theatrical works. The methodology consists of two parts: "feeling" and "meaning." "Feeling" covers the reader/viewer's experience of the work; "meaning" covers the source of that experience in the work. An introductory portion asks the analyzer to describe the autonomous aspects of the work. The evaluative conclusion asks the reader/viewer to describe change or lack thereof in the personal perspective; Abraham Maslow's hierarchy of needs, Edith Stein's treatment of empathy, and Ernst Cassirer's paradigms of cultural expression are all used to enrich the analytical approach. Two plays, Caryl Churchill and David Lan's A Mouthful of Birds, and Jean Genet's The Screens, and one performance piece, Holly Hughes' Dress Suits for Hire, demonstrate the approach.
Analyzing; Based; Criticism; Methodology; Phenomenological; Phenomenologically; Theatrical; Works
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Sabbath, Roberta Sterman, "A phenomenological criticism: A phenomenologically based methodology for analyzing theatrical works" (1990). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 103.