Chapter 6. The Mechanics of Basic Theatrical Understanding

  1. James R. Hamilton

Published Online: 25 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470690871.ch6

The Art of Theater

The Art of Theater

How to Cite

Hamilton, J. R. (2007) The Mechanics of Basic Theatrical Understanding, in The Art of Theater, Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470690871.ch6

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405113533

Online ISBN: 9780470690871



  • theatrical performances;
  • spectators;
  • performers;
  • hamlet;
  • broadway production


This chapter contains section titled:

  • The “Feature-Salience” Model of Spectator Convergence on the Same Characteristics

  • What it is to Respond to a Feature as Salient for Some Characteristics or a Set of Facts

  • A Thin Common Knowledge Requirement

  • A Plausibly Thickened Common Knowledge Requirement

  • The Feature-Salience Model, “Reader-Response Theory,” and “Intentionalism”

  • Generalizing the Salience Mechanism to Encompass Non-Narrative Performances

  • Some Important Benefits of the Feature-Salience Model: Double-Focus, Slippage, “Performer Power, ” “Character Power, ” and the Materiality of the Means of Performance

  • The Feature-Salience Model and Explaining how Basic Theatrical Understanding Occurs