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Performing Psychologies: Imagination, Creativity and Dramas of the Mind

Shaughnessy, Nicola and Barnard, Philip, eds. (2019) Performing Psychologies: Imagination, Creativity and Dramas of the Mind. Performance and Science . Bloomsbury Methuen, London, UK, 246 pp. ISBN 978-1-4742-6086-2.

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Performing Psychologies offers new perspectives on arts and health, focussing on the different ways in which performance interacting with psychology can enhance understanding of the mind. The book challenges stereotypes of disability, madness and creativity, addressing a range of conditions (autism, dementia and schizophrenia) and performance practices including staged productions and applied work in custodial, health and community settings.

Featuring case studies ranging from Hamlet to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, the pioneering work of companies such as Spare Tyre and Ridiculusmus, and embracing dance and music as well as theatre and drama, the volume offers new perspectives on the dynamic interactions between performance, psychology and states of mind. It contains contributions from psychologists, performance scholars, therapists and healthcare professionals, who offer multiple perspectives on working through performance-based media.

Presenting a richly interdisciplinary and collaborative investigation of the arts in practice, this volume opens up new ways of thinking about the performance of psychologies, and about how psychologies perform.

Item Type: Edited book
Uncontrolled keywords: Performance, creativity, madness
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Nicola Shaughnessy
Date Deposited: 02 Jun 2019 16:26 UTC
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2019 15:25 UTC
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