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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Yet he had decided to be a novelist (full responsibility). How could he find the
time and energy to make good on this second career when many have difficulty
finding the industry for one? He could not wait for a divine muse and had become
What united these diverse ends was his vision of a novelist, a man of letters. At
first, writing was merely a means of escape, much like Liddy's deliverance from
fear. Through writing he might escape want and misery. Then a more positive ...
unrealistic views of men and women and seemed to find them everywhere. But to
be real and to see people as they are is to open the possibility for real good and
real beauty. And here is the link between truth and being in the life of a novelist.
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