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The Mind-Body Stage: Passion and Interaction in the Cartesian Theater

R. Darren Gobert


This book explores theater history's unexamined importance to Cartesian philosophy alongside Descartes's unexamined impact on theatre history. Put another way, it provides a new reading of mind-body union informed not only by Descartes's Passions of the Soul and his correspondence with Elisabeth of Bohemia but also by stage theory and practice, while simultaneously itemizing the contributions of Cartesianism to this theory and practice. For example, Descartes's coordinate system reshaped theater architecture's use of space—as demonstrated by four iconic theaters in Paris and London, whose hist ... More

Keywords: philosophy of theater, mind-body union, Passions of the Soul, Elisabeth of Bohemia, subjectivity, dramatic theory, theater architecture, acting theory, dualism, performance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780804786386
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804786386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

R. Darren Gobert, author