Portrait and Story: Dramaturgical Approaches to the Study of Persons
Greenwood Press, 1986 - 203 Seiten
Seeking to restore a holistic approach to the study of the person, Professor Cochran explores and refines an innovative method of analysis based on the use of dramaturgical concepts. The author's approach reflects a dissatisfaction, shared by many in the field of personology, with the fragmented view of the person that typically emerges from quantitative, statistically based studies. His own method offers alternative ways of conducting research based upon two units. The first is story, a completed action or drama with a beginning, middle, and end. The other is position, a way of being or an emotional or existential condition. Showing these to be natural units of human experience, the author demonstrates, through a series of illustrative investigations, how they may be applied to research. Among the topics covered are the life plot, or the means by which a person comes into being, the meaning of significant action, how actions in a person's life form a theme with variations over time, and the integration of character and story. The author also discusses different life themes and their significance, and he tests the validity of dramatic principles as means of reality construction.
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In the realm of fiction Weston ( 1970 ) has identified diversely directed heroes
with the picaresque form of story . It must ... According to Weston , the picaresque
hero has a plethora of intentions rather than a dominant one that integrates
The negative state reflects a loathsome character to the hero . 3 . Other people
present an opposing , positive way of being to the hero . 4 . Through imaginative
activity the hero vividly experiences a foretaste of an opposing state of being . 5 .
The significance of the beginning , then , is that it sets a direction , giving both
definition and desire . The direction of the hero is complicated in two ways . First ,
what comes alive in the hero is an embryonic position , an unrefined feeling
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Portrait and Narrative
How a Person Comes Alive
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