Chapter 4. Theatrical Enactment: The Guiding Intuitions

  1. James R. Hamilton

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690871.ch4

The Art of Theater

The Art of Theater

How to Cite

Hamilton, J. R. (2007) Theatrical Enactment: The Guiding Intuitions, in The Art of Theater, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470690871.ch4

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 25 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 4 JUL 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405113533

Online ISBN: 9780470690871



  • theatrical performances;
  • European tradition;
  • European culture;
  • performers;
  • theatrical enactment


This chapter contains section titled:

  • Enactment: Something Spectators and Performers do

  • The Crucial Concept: “Attending to Another”

  • What it is to “Occasion” Responses

  • Audience Responses: Willing Suspension of Disbelief, Acquired Beliefs, or Acquired Abilities

  • Relativizing the Account by Narrowing its Scope to Narrative Performances