Understanding Plays

In Saltz Krasner (ed.), Staging Philosophy (2006)
Abstract
Hamilton argues that there is a level of understanding of theatrical performances, and narrative performances in particular (called "plays"), that does not require grasp of the large-scale aesthetic features that usually inform the structure of what is presented. This "basic understanding" is required for any spectator to go on to have a deeper understanding and, so, grounds any spectator's understanding of the larger-scale features of a performance.
Keywords theatrical performance  understanding  concatentationism
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