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Searching for the Muse: Changing Inspiration

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dc.contributor.advisor Filewod, Alan
dc.contributor.author Gillis, Caroline
dc.date.accessioned 2014-09-10T19:36:45Z
dc.date.available 2014-09-10T19:36:45Z
dc.date.copyright 2014-09
dc.date.created 2014-09-09
dc.date.issued 2014-09-10
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/8442
dc.description.abstract The word muse or Muse has become synonymous with an artist’s “inspiration.” It’s a somewhat old-fashioned notion that has changed over time, but it prevails in describing a kind of “divine intervention” for artists. But what does it mean when we refer to an actress as a playwright’s muse? The composition of a play is largely the solitary world of the playwright, but the presentation of that play through live performance is a collaborative event. By using my own long-term working relationship (and friendship) as an actress with Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor as a case study, I examine the validity of the concept of a “muse” with regard to the playwright/actor relationship. The ephemeral nature of live theatre dictates that the word be redefined to incorporate the reciprocal energy that flows between the playwright and the actor in the creation of a “character.” en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Canada Council for the Arts; ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society; School of English and Theatre Studies, University of Guelph en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.5 Canada *
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dc.subject muse en_US
dc.subject Muse en_US
dc.subject playwright en_US
dc.subject Daniel MacIvor en_US
dc.subject inspiration en_US
dc.subject Canadian theatre en_US
dc.subject Chekhov en_US
dc.subject Knipper en_US
dc.subject Brecht en_US
dc.subject Weigel en_US
dc.subject Berlau en_US
dc.subject actor en_US
dc.title Searching for the Muse: Changing Inspiration en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Theatre Studies en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts en_US
dc.degree.department School of English and Theatre Studies en_US
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