Date Thesis Awarded
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Bachelors of Arts (BA)
Theatre, Speech & Dance
Laurie J. Wolf
Richard H. Palmer
In my thesis, I analyze Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" using the works of Victor Turner and Mikhail Bakhtin, searching the text for liminality, carnival, and communitas. The thesis accounts for a production of the play that I directed in Fall 2012, in which we sought to create liminal theatrical experiences for the audience, bringing them into a state of communitas. The extension of agency and community to the audience parallels the play's "opening," which occurs in the second half in its pastoral scenes.
Lauer, Benjamin, "'The Winter's Tale:' Liminality and Communitas in Analysis and Performance" (2013). Undergraduate Honors Theses. William & Mary. Paper 864.
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